Justice Behind the Iron Curtain: Nazis on Trial in Communist Poland

Front Cover
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2018 - Communism - 377 pages

In Justice behind the Iron Curtain, Gabriel N. Finder and Alexander V. Prusin examine Poland's role in prosecuting Nazi German criminals during the first decade and a half of the postwar era. Finder and Prusin contend that the Polish trials of Nazi war criminals were a pragmatic political response to postwar Polish society and Poles' cravings for vengeance against German Nazis. Although characterized by numerous inconsistencies, Poland's prosecutions of Nazis exhibited a fair degree of due process and resembled similar proceedings in Western democratic counties.

The authors examine reactions to the trials among Poles and Jews. Although Polish-Jewish relations were uneasy in the wake of the extremely brutal German wartime occupation of Poland, postwar Polish prosecutions of German Nazis placed emphasis on the fate of Jews during the Holocaust.

Justice behind the Iron Curtain

is the first work to approach communist Poland's judicial postwar confrontation with the legacy of the Nazi occupation.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
3
1 A Restive Society Demands Swift Justice
13
2 The Poles at Nuremberg
52
3 The Supreme National Tribunal 19461948
101
4 Himmlers Men on Trial 19481953
131
5 Jews Poles and Justice
179
6 History and Politics in the Last Trials 19541959
213
Epilogue
244
Notes
253
Bibliography
313
Index
343
Series List
379
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2018)

Gabriel N. Finder is an associate professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia.

Alexander V. Prusin was a professor of history at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Bibliographic information