• Gordon Black

    While happy for the advance of Polish/Jewish relations in Poland, I am worried for relations here, among young people of Polish and Jewish families in Canada, the US, and elsewhere outside of Poland, goaded by persistent promotion of Jan T. Gross’s book, Neighbors, and by some hastily generalized accusations accompanying the references.

    Some of the points at issue are exemplified in the following exchange in the New York Review of Books, in which I was a participant:

    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/feb/19/what-happened-poland-exchange/.

    So for thoughtful inquiry I recommend adding an examination of the authoritative 2003 study by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, The Massacre at Jedwabne, July 10, 1941: Before, During, After (East European Monographs, 2005), available without expense at this page:

    http://www.iwp.edu/news_publications/book/the-massacre-in-jedwabne.

    The 1979 Orchard Lake Statements, issued jointly by Polish American and Jewish American leadership, acknowledged “considerable misunderstanding” regarding relations in Poland during WW II, and cautioned disputants to “modify polemics” with that point in view.

    The good news is that discussion is able to continue, and that young people with their own minds are able to inquire.