Changing perspectives on Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust

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Surveys historiography on Polish-Jewish relations, beginning with Ringelblum's work, written mainly in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, to the present. Notes that some important works on this topic were written in Poland under communist rule; however, since the 1980s there has been a torrent of studies on relations during the Holocaust. New tendencies and methodologies can be discerned in this literature. Dwells on recent trends in research on the relief and help that Jews received from their Polish neighbors. Criticizes Gunnar Paulsson's "Secret City" (2002), arguing that crude mistakes were made in this book regarding the calculation of the number of Jews rescued in wartime Warsaw and the number of rescuers, as well as regarding the assessment of Polish-Jewish relations. Contends that the number of Jews who attempted to find shelter on the "Aryan side" could be as big as 35,000, while the number of those who really hid was 15,000-20,000 at best, rather than 28,000 as Paulsson claims. Of them, only 8,830 survived the war, not 11,500, as Paulsson estimates. The number of Polish rescuers is also greatly exaggerated. Turning to the literature on the activities of Żegota, notes its neglect of the Jews who took part in the rescue activities of this organization, as well as other mistakes. In particular, dismisses as implausible the myth that Irena Sendler personally rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto: at best, the whole of Żegota was able to hide ca. 600 Jewish children in Warsaw and its vicinity. Concludes that up to now a plethora of issues in the domain of Polish-Jewish relations remains unanswered and is awaiting research.
العنوان المترجم للمساهمةפרספקטיבות משתנות ביחסי יהודים ופולנים בשואהו
اللغة الأصليةالإنجليزيّة
مكان النشرJerusalem
حالة النشرنُشِر - 2012

سلسلة المنشورات

الاسمSearch and research : lectures and papers
ناشرYad Vashem
مستوى الصوت18


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ULI Keywords

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  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland
  • Jews -- Poland -- 20th century
  • Jews -- Poland -- History -- 20th century
  • Poland -- Ethnic relations
  • שואה -- פולין
  • المحرقة النازية (1939-1945) -- بولندا


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