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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category
A monumental work of nonfiction on a wartime atrocity, its sixty-year denial, and the impact of its truth
Jan Gross's hugely controversial Neighbors was a historian's disclosure of the events in the small Polish town of Jedwabne on July 10, 1941, when the citizens rounded up the Jewish population and burned them alive in a barn. The massacre was a shocking secret that had been suppressed for more than sixty years, and it provoked the most important public debate in Poland since 1989. From the outset, Anna Bikont reported on the town, combing through archives and interviewing residents who survived the war period. Her writing became a crucial part of the debate and she herself an actor in a national drama.
Part history, part memoir, The Crime and the Silence is the journalist's account of these events: both the story of the massacre told through oral histories of survivors and witnesses, and a portrait of a Polish town coming to terms with its dark past. Including the perspectives of both heroes and perpetrators, Bikont chronicles the sources of the hatred that exploded against Jews and asks what myths grow on hidden memories, what destruction they cause, and what happens to a society that refuses to accept a horrific truth.
A profoundly moving exploration of being Jewish in modern Poland that Julian Barnes called "one of the most chilling books," The Crime and the Silence is a vital contribution to Holocaust history and a fascinating story of a town coming to terms with its dark past.
Lord, Rid Poland of the JewsOr, On Polish-Jewish Relations in Jedwabne in the Thirties
I Wanted to Save her Life, Love Came LaterOr, The Story of Rachela Finkelsztejn and Stanislaw Ramotowski
We Suffered Under the Soviets, the Germans, and People's PolandOr, The Story of the Three Brothers Laudanski
You Didn't See That Grief in JewsOr, Polish and Jewish Memory of the Soviet Occupation
I'll Tell You Who Did It: My FatherOr, The Private Investigation of Jan Skrodzki
If I'd Been In Jedwabne Then
Or, The Story of Meir Ronen, Deported to Kazakhstan
A Time Will Come When Even Stones Will SpeakOr, Soliloquies of Leszek Dziedzic
Your Only Chance Was to Pass for a Goy Or, The Story of Awigdor Kochaw's survival
Desperately Seeking Something Positive
Or, Soliloquies of Krzysztof Godlewski, Ex-Mayor of Jedwabne
Only I Knew There Were Seven Of ThemOr, The Story of Antonina Wyrzykowska
I, Szmul Wasersztejn, Warn YouOr, The Road from Jedwabne to Costa Rica
They Had Vodka, Guns and HatredOr, July 7, 1941 in Radzilów
The Dreams of Chaja FinkelsztejnOr, The Survival of a Radzilów Miller's Family
Decent Polish Kids and Hooligans
Or, On the Murderers of Jedwabne, Radzilów, Wasosz and surroundings
Chapter 15 Strictly Speaking Poles Did ItOr, A Conversation with Prosecutor Radoslaw Ignatiew
From the Ruins of a Lost WorldOr, The Names, Surnames and Addresses of the Jews of Jedwabne