Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future

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Robert D. Cherry, Annamaria Orla-Bukowska
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - History - 230 pages
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Since Polish Catholics embraced some anti-Jewish notions and actions prior to WWII, many intertwined the Nazi death camps in Poland with Polish anti-Semitism. As a result, more so than local non-Jewish population in other Nazi-occupied countries, Polish Catholics were considered active collaborators in the destruction of European Jewry. Through the presentation of these negative images in Holocaust literature, documentaries, and teaching, these stereotypes have been sustained and infect attitudes toward contemporary Poland, impacting on Jewish youth trips there from Israel and the United States. This book focuses on the role of Holocaust-related material in perpetuating anti-Polish images and describes organizational efforts to combat them. Without minimizing contemporary Polish anti-Semitism, it also presents more positive material on contemporary Polish-American organizations and Jewish life in Poland. To our knowledge this will be the first book to document systematically the anti-Polish images in Holocaust material, to describe ongoing efforts to combat these negative stereotypes, and to emphasize the positive role of the Polish Catholic community in the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland. Thus, this book will present new information that will be of value to Holocaust Studies and the 100,000 annual foreign visitors to the German death camps in Poland.
 

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Contents

Poland and the Poles in the Cinematic Portrayal of the Holocaust
27
Cinema in the Crossfire of JewishPolish Polemics Wajdas Korczak and Polanskis The Pianist
43
American Press Coverage of Polands Role in the Holocaust
55
Measuring AntiPolish Biases Among Holocaust Teachers
69
Contextual Understanding and Dialogue
81
PolishJewish Relations in America
83
PolishJewish Relations during the Holocaust A Changing Jewish Viewpoint
89
Polish and Jewish Historiography of JewishPolish Relations during World War II
99
PolishJewish Relations in Poland Where Have We Come From and Where Are We Headed?
137
The Evolution of CatholicJewish Relations in Poland after 1989
141
Antisemitism in Contemporary Poland Does It Matter? And For Whom Does It Matter?
155
Polish Historians Respond to Jedwabne
169
March of the Living Confronting AntiPolish Stereotypes
189
Gentiles Doing Jewish Stuff The Contributions of Polish NonJews to Polish Jewish Life
197
Index
215
About the Contributors
227

The Holocaust A Continuing Challenge for PolishJewish Relations
109
PolishJewish Relations since 1984 Reflections of a Participant
121
Contemporary Poland
135
About the Editors
229
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Page 4 - Jewish influence upon morals is fatal, and the publishers spread pornographic literature. It is also true that the Jews are committing frauds, practicing usury, and dealing in white slavery. It is true that in the schools, the Jewish youth is having an evil influence, from an ethical and religious point of view, upon the Catholic youth. . . . Not all the Jews are, however, like that.
Page xvi - Furthermore, in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of antiSemitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.

About the author (2007)

Robert Cherry is professor of economics at Brooklyn College. He has written dozens of articles and four books on discrimination, and has written extensively on the American Jewish community and the Holocaust. He is the author of Who Gets the Good Jobs? Combating Race and Gender Earnings Disparities, Prosperity for All? The Economic Boom and African Americans, Discrimination: Its Economic Impact on Blacks, Women, and Jews, and The Imperiled Economy: Macroeconomics from a Left Perspective. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska teaches in the sociology department at Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

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