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Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland
Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland by Blobaum, Robert E. 0801489695 9780801489693
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Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland by Blobaum, Robert E.

From the Middle Ages until World War II, Poland was host to Europes largest and most vibrant Jewish population. By 1970, the combination of Nazi genocide, postwar pogroms, mass emigration, and communist repression had virtually destroyed Polands Jewish community. Although the Poles themselves were subjected to enormous cruelties in the twentieth century, questions about the extent of their antisemitism and its role in the fate of Polish Jewry are today hotly disputed. In Antisemitism and Its Opponents in Modern Poland, fourteen original essays by distinguished Polish and American scholars explore the different meanings, forms of expression, content, and social range of antisemitism in modern Poland. The contributors focus on both the variations in antisemitic sentiment and those Poles who opposed such prejudices. Central themes of this significant, balanced, and timely contribution to a contentious and often emotional debate include the deterioration of Polish-Jewish relations in the era of national awakening for both the Poles and the Jews, the meaning of the various forms of violence against the Jews, intellectual movements in opposition to antisemitism, the role of the Catholic Church in promoting antisemitism, and the prospects for the Church to atone for this shameful chapter in its recent history.

Author: Blobaum, Robert E.

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 368

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Publication Date: 2005-09-07

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