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March 3, 2016

Historian Jan Tomasz Gross is back in the news as Poland seeks to change history

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am

You can read the latest news about historian Jan Tomasz Gross at

http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/154051/writer-warns-polish-plan-rewrite-history-holocaust

I learned about Jan Tomasz Gross on my first trip to Poland in 1998. My Polish tour guide told me the story of Jewabne and the killing of the Jews by the Poles. Now the Poles want to deny this and blame it all on the Germans. What a revolting development this is!

My 1998 photo of a house in Poland

My 1998 photo of a log house in Poland

I have written two previous blog posts about Jan Tomasz Gross which you can read here: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/jan-tomasz-gross/

and here:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/jan-gross-and-jewabne-back-in-the-news/

The following quote is from the news article:

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Historian Jan Tomasz Gross, who has been censured by the Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party for highlighting the role some Poles played in perpetrating the Holocaust, has warned that the [Polish] government is looking to take its whitewash of history into the country’s classrooms.

Mr Gross, who discovered two weeks ago that the government was considering withdrawing an Order of Merit awarded to him in 1996 by the then president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, for his research into the Holocaust and Polish-Jewish relations, said: “The current regime in Poland is nationalist, xenophobic, and authoritarian.”

“It openly states that it will enforce a political agenda with respect to teaching and commemorating Polish history.”

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Mr Gross said his claim last year that the Poles murdered more Jews than Nazis in Poland during the Second World War, as well as his documentation of the role of Poles in massacres of Jews during the Holocaust, had set the Law and Justice Party against him.

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Mr Gross said that the Polish prosecutor’s office had been urged to investigate the Project Syndicate article by a variety of nationalist organisations and politicians.

The probe could lead [to] Mr Gross being indicted on the charge of slandering the Polish nation.

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My 1998 photo of a charming house in Poland

My 1998 photo of a charming house in Poland

 

My 1998 photo of a house in Tykocin, Poland

My 1998 photo of a house in Tykocin, Poland

I am showing my photos, taken on my trip to Poland in 1998, because I was completely flabbergasted by how backward the country of Poland was. This latest news about the Poles leads me to believe that the Polish people are still backward.

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 https://www.rt.com/news/332409-poland-holocaust-award-jews/

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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.

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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:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/jan-gross/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/jedwabne/