Blog on Jedwabne Massacre. #poland #holocaust


jswack@...
 

I am so grateful to you and Mr. Tryczyk for writing this book.  My father’s father was from Grajewo and his grandfather from Rajgrod. I read the Rajgrod chapter twice.  It was absolutely horrific but I really needed to find out what happened. My grandfather’s family lived in most of those towns and villages.  

Jeanne Swack (of the. Rajgrod Swacks) 
Madison, Wisconsin


David Harrison
 

And now much of the same area is, against the Common Market Law declaring itself LGBT-free.  A different version of NOT US.
David Harrison
Birmingham, England
(I am not LGBT, just an ordinary Jew who believes that all humanity is of the same family and should help one another.)


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I invite everyone to read "Miasta śmierci" by Mirosław Tryczyk in Polish or its translation, "The Towns of Death" (Rowman and Littlefield). There is overwhelming proof of Polish "neighbor" participation in the planning and execution of the pogroms not only in Jedwabne but in DOZENS of towns of Eastern Poland. The book provides eyewitness accounts of a few survivors, bystanders, and even perpetrators from their court testimonies. Jedwabne was not an isolated case but one in a pattern of pogroms committed by the local Polish population. All attempt to erase the true history are doomed to failure: tens of thousands of Jews were murdered in 1941-42 with nary a German presence in the most brutal way possible, using most primitive weapons, inflicting humiliation, suffering, and death to men, women, and children. In Jedwabne, the Jews were herded into a barn and burned there. A few who managed to escape the pogrom were hunted down by the locals and turned over to the Germans or killed outright. Jewish properties were systematically looted and taken over by the local population. Story upon story verify that account.  Obfuscation and denial are despicable and dishonor the victims. Poland must face up to its history before it can move on.

Frank Szmulowicz 


Frank Szmulowicz
 

I invite everyone to read "Miasta śmierci" by Mirosław Tryczyk in Polish or its translation, "The Towns of Death" (Rowman and Littlefield). There is overwhelming proof of Polish "neighbor" participation in the planning and execution of the pogroms not only in Jedwabne but in DOZENS of towns of Eastern Poland. The book provides eyewitness accounts of a few survivors, bystanders, and even perpetrators from their court testimonies. Jedwabne was not an isolated case but one in a pattern of pogroms committed by the local Polish population. All attempt to erase the true history are doomed to failure: tens of thousands of Jews were murdered in 1941-42 with nary a German presence in the most brutal way possible, using most primitive weapons, inflicting humiliation, suffering, and death to men, women, and children. In Jedwabne, the Jews were herded into a barn and burned there. A few who managed to escape the pogrom were hunted down by the locals and turned over to the Germans or killed outright. Jewish properties were systematically looted and taken over by the local population. Story upon story verify that account.  Obfuscation and denial are despicable and dishonor the victims. Poland must face up to its history before it can move on.

Frank Szmulowicz 


Krzysztof Witaszek
 

Hello

The problem with Jedwabne massacre is that the story spread around the World by Tomasz Gross’s „The Neighbours” is very questionable.

Article of B.Musial „Theses on the Jedwabne pogrom..” shows historical inaccuracies and scientific misconduct in T. Gross’s book

Article is in Polish, but you can read it using online translator.

https://bazhum.muzhp.pl/media/files/Dzieje_Najnowsze_kwartalnik_poswiecony_historii_XX_wieku_/Dzieje_Najnowsze_kwartalnik_poswiecony_historii_XX_wieku_-r2001-t33-n3/Dzieje_Najnowsze_kwartalnik_poswiecony_historii_XX_wieku_-r2001-t33-n3-s253-280/Dzieje_Najnowsze_kwartalnik_poswiecony_historii_XX_wieku_-r2001-t33-n3-s253-280.pdf

As in every investigation of cases like this an exhumation should be conducted, but here it was blocked soon after it began, due to the Rabbi Szudrich intervention. Even so, partial exhumation uncovered, among others, 89 cartridge cases and some bullets from the German rifles as well as many precious artifacts among the bodies, what does not fit the theories that the massacre was was an initiative of local people, who later robbed the bodies.

Recently files of the discontinued investigation conducted by Polish IPN in 2003 were declassified. and partialy published in the 2 volume book (2000 pages) by T.Sommer, E. Stankiewicz, M.J. Chodakiewicz, „Jedwabne. Historia prawdziwa: Zbrodnia z 10 lipca 1941r” (in Polish).

The picture of the Jedwabne massacre emerging from these documents is different from what has been described by T. Gross.

I know that  the answer to the question of who the assassin was  makes no difference to the victims, but for Polish-Jewish relations, concern for the fairness of historical studies is crucial.   

Krzysztof Witaszek

Lublin


Frank Szmulowicz
 

Please consult both Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland by Jan T. Gross and the more recent The Towns of Death: Pogroms Against the Jews by Their Neighbors by Mirosław Tryczyk and me (the translat0r). You will find that there was a peripheral German participation in the burning of Jedwabne Jews in a barn. The pogroms were organized and carried out by the Polish neighbors. Similar pogroms in another dozen localities around Jedwabne are described and discussed as well the historical, religious, and political background for the events.
Frank Szmulowicz


George Muenz
 

"The fact is that the Germans burnt the Jewish population in that barn. " No, it was the Poles who murdered the Jews and burned them alive in the barn.

https://www.yadvashem.org/righteous/stories/wyrzykowski/wasersztein-testimony.html
--
George (Naftali) Muenz
Vancouver, Canada


aaran1286@...
 

Shalom friends, 

I have written an article about the fate of my family from Jedwabne, Poland in the Holocaust. 
 
Please have a read and leave a comment, if you're interested. Shavua tov!