I have written about Jedwabne on my website; the following quote is from my website:
A similar case, in which SS soldiers were wrongly blamed, was a massacre that took place in the Polish town of Jedwabne on July 10, 1941 during the German invasion of the Soviet Union. 1600 Jews in the town were viciously murdered by the Polish residents, two weeks after the German soldiers had left. Innocent men, women and children were forced into a barn and then burned alive. The perpetrators claimed that they had been ordered by the Germans to commit this crime, but a trial in 1949 proved that this was a lie.
I have also previously written about Jedwabne on my blog: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/jan-gross-and-jewabne-back-in-the-news/
The little Polish town of Jedwabne is mentioned in this news article today:
The following quote is from today’s news article:
JERUSALEM — A prominent Polish historian presented evidence Wednesday about Polish villagers’ widespread killing of Jews fleeing Nazis during World War II, touching a raw nerve in a country still grappling with its role during the Holocaust.
The research is likely to irk the nationalist Polish government, which has taken aim at those seeking to undermine its official stance that Poles were only heroes in the war, not collaborators who committed heinous crimes.
In launching the English-language version of her 2011 book, “Such a Beautiful Sunny Day,” Barbara Engelking details dozens of cases of everyday Poles raping Jewish women and bludgeoning Jews to death with axes, shovels and rocks. The book, which came out in Polish under the previous government, takes its title from the last words of a Jew pleading with peasants to spare his life before he was beaten and shot to death. It offers a searing indictment of Polish complicity that will now reach a far wider audience.
The following quote is also from the news article:
Barbara Engelking, a prominent Polish historian unearthed new evidence Wednesday about Polish villagers’ widespread killing of Jews fleeing Nazis during World War II.
“The responsibility for the extermination of Jews in Europe is borne by Nazi Germany,” she writes. “Polish peasants were volunteers in the sphere of murdering Jews.”
For decades, Polish society avoided discussing such killings or denied that Polish anti-Semitism motivated them, blaming all atrocities on the Germans. A turning point was the publication of a book, “Neighbors,” in 2000 by Polish-American sociologist Jan Tomasz Gross, which explored the murder of Jedwabne’s Jews by their Polish neighbors and resulted in widespread soul-searching and official state apologies.
But since the conservative and nationalistic Law and Justice party consolidated power in 2015, it has sought to stamp out discussion and research on the topic. It has demonized Gross and investigated him on whether he had slandered the country by asserting that Poles killed more Jews than Germans during the war – a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.
Despite the current climate, Engelking said she had no fear of recriminations and proudly took on the government’s historical revisionism.