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From tyrogers@ Mon Apr 22 21:47:54 PDT 1996
Article: 43949 of soc.culture.jewish
From: MorlanRogers 
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Subject: Re: Poland and Jews in WWII (was Re:Auschwitz Mall)
Date: 23 Apr 1996 00:37:06 GMT
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To: (Leszek Andrzej Kleczkowski) wrote:
>MorlanRogers (tyrogers@ wrote:

>: The relationship between Jews and Poles is that of a love-hate 
>: relationship.  There was plenty of antisemitism in Poland 
>: before and during WWII.  Notwithstanding many examples of individual 
>: Poles who were kind and assisted Jews, there were also many Poles who 
>: assisted the Nazi in killing them.  Indeed, there are many examples of 
>: Poles doing this themselves without any prodding by the Nazis.  Remember 
>: Kielce 1946, after the war.  40-50 Jews were killed by Poles who were 
>: angry that these Jews survived.  Of more personal interest, in my 
>: ancestral hometown Jedwabne, 1,600 Jews, including some of my relatives, 
>: were tortured and burned alive by Polish townspeople on July 10, 1941 
>: (the German troops who had just arrived in town did not want to kill the 
>: Jews yet; they were needed for slave labor).  A few Jewish eyewitnesses 
>: to the burning escaped and survived to tell what happened.  
>I have never heard of this massacre of Jews by Poles in Jedwabne 
>(where in Poland was this town?).  Can you substantiate this with some 
>documented evidence?

Martin Gilbert's "The Holocaust", reviewed in the New York Times on 
February 4, 1986, p. C-15 describes the atrocities committed in Jedwabne 
on July 10, 1941.  According to the NYTimes, Gilbert places Jedwabne in 
Lithuania.  However, in the "Atlas of the Holocaust" which I believe was 
also edited by Gilbert, Jedwabne is properly placed in Poland, 20 
kilometers northeast of Lomza.  In these accounts, however, it is 
mistakenly claimed that German troops killed the 1,600 Jews.  For the 
truth, consult "Jedwabne- History and Memorial Book", Julius L. Baker and 
Jacob L. Baker, Jerusalem and New York 1980.  In this book are numerous 
testimonials that the 1,600 Jews were killed by their non-Jewish 
fellow townspeople.

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