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February 14, 2016

Jan Gross and Jewabne back in the news

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:51 am
House in Poland

House in Poland similar to houses in Jewabne

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

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The Polish government is contemplating withdrawing an Order of Merit from a renowned US historian who said Poles killed more Jews than Germans in WWII. Academics have denounced the move, arguing that retracting the award endangers the freedom of scientific research.

Polish and foreign academics have written two open letters to the country’s president, Andrzej Duda, in support of Jan Tomasz Gross, a Princeton University professor of Polish origin, who may be stripped of an Order of Merit Poland granted him in 1996 for his studies into the Holocaust.


Gross is best known for his book “Neighbors: the Destruction of the Jewish Community at Jewabne, Poland,” in which he tells about documented atrocities, including the torture, slaughter and burning alive of some 1,600 Jewish people in the town of Jedwabne, which were committed by local Poles.

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I have written several blog posts about Jewabne and Jan Gross, which you can read it:



  1. PRESS RELEASE: Rally on Holocaust Memorial Day, Thursday, May 5th @ 1:00PM

    Rally Against Polish Government to Protest Attempt to Deny Polish
    War Crimes During the Holocaust
    Approximately 200 students including children and grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors will be holding a rally on Holocaust Remembrance Day to protest attempts by the Polish government to rewrite history and deny the significant role that Polish citizens had in perpetrating the Holocaust.
    Dr. Jan Tomasz Gross, a world-renowned historian and former professor of history at Princeton University, authored an earth shattering book, Neighbors, where he highlights the significant contribution of ordinary Polish citizens to the destruction of European Jewry. He writes in graphic detail how, in the Polish town of Jedwabne, Polish peasants, rounded up their neighbors, 1300 Jewish residents, and forced them into a wooden barn, locked the door and set the barn ablaze. This heartless and brutal crime was one of the first documented historical accounts of Polish anti-Semitism in World War II. Dr. Gross’ book was a National Book Award Finalist.
    The Polish government has long maintained that this event was an isolated incident.
    Recently, Dr. Gross mentioned in a recent interview that in his opinion, “Poles killed more Jews than Germans.” Responding to this statement, the Polish government reacted in an uproar. Charges were filed against Dr. Gross for “insulting the state” and a movement to strip him of his “Order of Merit Award” has been advanced. He also has been threatened with prison time for these “crimes.” The investigation is currently ongoing.
    According to rally organizer, Rabbi Zev Friedman, “I’ve heard many survivors speak of the glee that their Polish neighbors had when Jews were being mercilessly persecuted. It was reported that eyewitnesses in the Warsaw ghetto saw Poles watching approvingly or even helping out, acting as spotters as German soldiers shot Jews. Today’s rally calls on the Polish government not just to drop charges and exonerate Dr. Gross but to admit their history and take full responsibility for what its citizens did to their own neighbors during the Holocaust. The attempts of the government of Poland, which holds itself out to be a democracy, to stifle the free speech and historical documentation of an internationally acclaimed professor of history, smacks of charges one would expect to hear emanating from North Korea and other totalitarian regimes.”
    Place: Polish Consulate to the United Nations: 233 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10017
    Time: Thursday, May 5, at 1:00pm
    Contact: Rabbi Zev Friedman, Dean of Rambam Mesivta High School

    Comment by Pinny Verstandig — May 3, 2016 @ 6:15 pm

  2. Jan Gross has made a career out of slandering Poles. I hope the Polish government strips him of his medal like they’ve been stripping Bill Cosby of his. You can bet the Polish and foreign academics who have written two open letters to the country’s president, Andrzej Duda, in support of Jan Tomasz Gross are over represented by his co-religionists. My late father was a Princeton graduate and I used to read his alumni magasine. I recall the profile of Gross that appeared in one issue and thinking to myself at the time that Gross was a typical Judeocentric Holocaust Industry lamprey. American universities are full of them.

    Comment by who dares wings — February 16, 2016 @ 12:45 am

  3. On this subject I answered critics of left wing Italian intellectuals: The statement of that professor that the Poles killed more Jews than the Germans is smèly absurd. On one side the Nazis found many collaborators in their actions against the Jews but on the other hand Poland holds the highest number of JUSTS ANONG NATIONS at Yad Vashem. Eventually from 1934 to 1939 Polish Governent followed a policy hostile to Jews and had had a gppd relationship with Nazi Germany. I recalled also how in 1968 and 1969 many Jews had to flee Poland due to the National Comunism a found shelter … in Germany.

    Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — February 15, 2016 @ 7:19 am

  4. Interesting articles about the village of Jedwabne in Eastern Poland, Further Glory – two communities of Poles and Jews having lived together there for over 200 years. Although they tolerated each other, there probably wasn’t much love lost between them. In fact, I would imagine there was friction, animosity, suspicion and resentment between the two at various times over the decades. It must have been quite tricky having two separate distinctive ethnic groups sharing one small village. They each had widely different religious beliefs, culture, national and political allegiances, which would undoubtedly clash from time to time.

    But none of this would explain why the local community of Poles would turn on their Jewish neighbours with such violence in July of 1941. For the answer to this, we must look to the Occupation of this part of Eastern Poland by the Soviets after September 1939. In the wake of the Red Army, came the communist officials, cadres, commissars and secret police, in which Russian Jews predominated. And these people were quite ruthless in their policy of “sovietising” this part of former Poland, because Stalin regarded the territory as belonging to the USSR.

    Could it be, therefore, that local Jews living in Jedwabne collaborated heavily – and far too eagerly – with their Jewish brethren from Russia, and between them they carried out some horrific brutalities, arrests, killings and deportations against the Polish community. Then, once the Soviet Jews had fled eastwards as the German armies marched into Eastern Poland during Operation Barbarossa, the Poles were free to carry out reprisals that led to the massacre of the Jews. The Germans, thus, had nothing to do with this event – it was purely a local Polish affair.

    Comment by Talbot — February 14, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

    • Precisely! As in the Baltics, the local indigenous people remembered Jewish complicity, and ultimately, Jewish leadership in crimes against them and took their revenge.

      Just as many if not most of the “murders” committed by the Einzatzgruppen in the east were either direct justice or reprisals (legal under the Geneva Convention of 1929) for largely Jewish Partisan terrorist/insurgent/bandit/criminal violence directed at civilians, collaborators, or German supply and support forces behind the front lines.

      Comment by Schlageter — February 15, 2016 @ 5:40 am

  5. This all comes down to one thing. People don’t want the truth. They want their version to be the only one.

    Comment by Tim — February 14, 2016 @ 7:59 am

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