Item description for Polin, Volume 8 by Antony Polonsky, Ezra Mendelsohn & Jerzy Tomaszewski...
The focus of this volume is on how the Jews were affected by Polish independence in 1918. Other topics covered include Jan Blonski's article 'The Poor Poles Look at the Ghetto'; Polish historiography on the privileges granted to the Jews; the decline of the kahal in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the social perception of Jews in the eighteenth-century; representations of Jews in nineteenth-century literature; nineteenth-century synagogues; the Jewish Polish-language press in the interwar period; and antisemitic slogans in Endecja political campaigns. Contributors: Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski, Eugene C. Black, Jan Blonski, Andrzej Bryk, Sh. A. Cygielman, David Engel, Mieczyslaw Inglot, Paul Latawski, Eli Lederhendler, George J. Lerski, Jzef Lewandowski, Maria and Kazimierz Pietchotka, Edward Rogerson, Szymon Rudnicki, Michael G. Steinlauf, Daniel Stone, Bernadeta Tendyra, Anna Zuk
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 5, 2000
Publisher Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
ISBN 1904113222 ISBN13 9781904113225
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More About Antony Polonsky, Ezra Mendelsohn & Jerzy Tomaszewski
Antony Polonsky is Walter Stern Hilborn Professor of Judaic and Social Sduties, Brandeis University.
Antony Polonsky currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Antony Polonsky has an academic affiliation as follows - Brandeis University London School of Economics and Political Science L.
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Seldom-Heard Perspectives On Polish-Jewish Relations Aug 9, 2001
Most Holocaust-related material, especially the films, seem to always portray Poles in a unilaterally negative light. This volume, by contrast, is well worth the reader's time. It gives various perspectives on Jewish-Polish relations during and immediately after WWII. But I take issue with some claims. In one article, Antony Polonsky cites a document from the mainstream Polish underground (AK) wherein the AK would come out in open combat if the Germans tried the same thing to Polish gentiles that they did to the Jews. From this, Polonsky infers that the leadership of the Polish underground saw Polish deaths as worth averting, but not Jewish deaths. But this is a complete non-sequitur on Polonsky's part. Remember that, along with 3 million Polish Jews, 2-3 million Polish gentiles were also being murdered by the Germans, yet the AK did not start a national uprising on behalf of the 2-3 million gentiles any more than it did on behalf of the 3 million Polish Jews. What the AK leadership was actually saying was that a national uprising would not be in the offing unless a large fraction of the Polish population was in danger of being exterminated in a full-blown genocide, at which time there would be nothing to lose, for Polish people as a whole, to come out in open warfare against the German occupation authorities. The Jews, of course, had nothing to lose already in 1942, but the Polish gentiles, as a whole, still did. That is the actual reason for the AK witholding more overt military action on behalf of the Jews. Nevertheless, the AK did aid Jews in various ways, including supplying the Jewish Warsaw Ghetto Uprising with 50 firearms. This may not seem like much, but remember that every gun was worth its weight in gold. In fact, if was worth human lives, as each donated firearm had been procured at risk of a Polish gentile's life, and kept at risk of a Polish gentile's life. And, of course, each gun donated to the Jews meant one less gun available to Polish gentiles to conduct guerrilla actions against the Germans, and to protect Polish gentiles in the event of a full-blown German genocide against the entire Polish population.