Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland = Old recognized propaganda that shockingly either some people are believing asNeighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland = Old recognized propaganda that shockingly either some people are believing as "truth" or intentionally padding and supporting this with disturbing agenda.
Tomasz Gross has been exposed multiple times as an exploitative, propaganda author. As in this book: zero evidence, purported "eyewitness" crap. Do your own real research and you find no facts. It shocks me given all the criticism and exposing of the outright slander and lies that people here actually believe a book blurb and worse get dragged into such tripe. I sincerely hope karma is real and Tomasz Gross pays for their evil, hate agenda and lie.
I am just going to slam every person who decided to either intentionally as propaganda or ignorantly re-hashed or assumed that Poland was anti-semitic in Nazi-occupied Poland: Morons who know nothing about history or Poland and eastern eastern european geography and culture, or obviously recognize the overt and intentional agenda. Claim and tell a simple story shocking story without hard proof and contrary to the entire context, situation and people as known by fact and actions to demonize and slander for a more multi-faceted, sinister agenda.
I could also reference, invent a short story for the sake of shocking book and agenda about the ethnic cleansing of 1943-44 in Western Ukraine [same thing as most of it was Polish - Jew and Catholic! 100% in population still at this point in history] of all Polish with targeted priests being crucified and whole churches and parishioners BURNED IN THEIR CHURCHES, and then blame their "NEIGHBORS" or even non-Catholic [= Orthodox or Jew] participant - but why would I do that as it would serve a false agenda and contextually slander and be untrue [in this case in reality in was one political, nationalist motivated group of rebels]. But author Gross has done it here! And worse decided to point the finger and express FALSELY hate relations between Christian (obviously) or moreso specifically Catholic and Jew. The only hate that really exists in the modern era between these groups are extremist contingents intent on slandering Christian Poland or giving some warped bigoted pedestal and preference, again, for special agenda or purpose. No facts - just a carefully plotted story with sad design.
There is some sort of bizarre modern agenda of lies against Poland, in effect since WWII including sensationalist fraud and exploitation false history authors like Gross out there, weirdly calling and attempting, which can be proven in a myriad of factual examples, against christians aka "non-jews."
Pure lies. Also before one tries to challenge my statements, you can easily research your real history and events, the numerous "massacres" of Jews and Catholics - at minimum in equal number, whether the Catholic massacres of the 19th Century, the ukrainian genocide of 1932-33, or the Polish and Catholic-targeted ethnic cleansing in western ukraine by ukraine nationalists (and German conspirators).
To call slander accuse "non-Jew" Polish populations of burning and murdering is outright false and lie. If one would actually read and give and creedence to this tripe, you should do some research and learn history, stop focusing on fiction on goodreads, and frankly be ashamed of yourself. I looked at some of the comments here, I suspect, upsettingly, that a few innocents read and believed this hate agenda without doing further research, but I also noticed the usual obvious baloney intentional supporters.
Learn real history and facts. To give you a very quick summary of some numbers and events and "groups" for context. #1 Around 17 million were killed in the holocaust. Around 6 million were Jews. #2 There were 10-11 million you never hear about. I guess they are not important, like the Catholic Poles who were dominant in southeast Poland from Lublin to old Polish (post-WWII Ukraine cities from L'viv to Tarnopol) and were massacred throughout the 19th Century, many cities entering the 20th Century replaced by major Jewish populations that unfortunately then suffered and and coincided where most of the concentration camps were placed by Germans). #3 But also for example in this area with the rise of Soviets in the area, in 1932-33 there was a "ethnic cleansing holocaust [Holodomor] (bet most Westerners haven't even heard of it) in Western Ukraine with the murder in one big concentration camp essentially - severe starvation toture with up to 10 million murdered! Did you know that?? #4 Then again, you have obviously heard of the holocaust that, yes, look at the #s and the facts out there not "sensationalistic stories" like Tomasz Gross outright lie with a manipulative hate agenda, a holocaust that included non-jews as well. As far as TARGETS, with the few leftover non-Jew Poles (or how about just Poles), but yes Catholic churchs, priests, women and children hacked apart with axes - in 1943, UPA extremists Ukrainian nationalist group (and conspirator with Germans) exercised another ethnic cleansing in Western Ukraine. #5 All this directly relates to Polish and the atrocities and genocide aimed for context sake as "Polish" and non-Jew. I mention because there is an obvious propaganda that has risen out to purposefully exclude and slander non-Jewish Polish. This book is damning "evidence" only of its own false hate agenda without any real evidence.
The history and motivations of my own accusations of this author along with the complexity of groups relative to 20th Century Poland and neighboring Ukraine/Russia for example is not something easy to unravel. However, it is easy to see here if you actually know real history and its discussion that this book is baloney with a sinister purpose, certainly out of context of the real story and "Poland," set out to tell a simple story to demonize/implicate a certain party falsely.
In its time and era, Poland resistance DURING NAZI OCCUPATION was certainly the only group in Eastern Europe, collectively as a people, definitively proven and active against Nazi persecution, and murder [Nazi not Pole murdering Pole in collusion with Nazi - that is outright nonsense, minus logic or substantiation] FACT.
To say other wise and imply anti-semitic cooperation with Nazis is LIE. Plain and simple. And completely ridiculous. Again no facts here, no real evidence here. Pure propaganda and lie. Research the author, history and facts.
I ran across this author and particular propaganda book in the past and did not take the time to review and comment. It is extremely upsetting to me, the amount of this crap out there trying to purposefully imply or place some blame on christians or "non-jewish" Poles is both disturbing and nonsense - point blank.
I randomly ran across this article, which immediately years after running across the book, ignited my memory and anger towards Gross' Neighbors --- this specific piece propaganda literature. I only quickly post the link as one of numerous example of intentional lies and distortion of history: http://www.doomedsoldiers.com/kielce-...
But do your own research and please look at the sources. As far as my own credentials. I am highly degreed in public relations writing, advertising copywriting, qualitative media analysis and journalism. [Excuse my unedited review] I have very comprehensive knowledge on the culture and period of history. The rapid change timeline, factions of people - note: complex; ethnic cleansing/holocausts [there were AT LEAST 3 of hugely significant measure against Poland]; displacement of peoples make matters very involved contextually and in amount of information --- not something you can just quickly understand or know.
From my understanding, credentials but also personal history (I had diverse family in overlapping area including family murdered by both Nazis and Ukrainian rebel groups or brigands) this book by summary alone is more than obvious propaganda, severely distorting and planting seeds of misinformation and hate for a purpose. The other plausible alternative might be that author with either emotional outrage directed at any cost, minus conscience.
Neighbors is an older example from almost 20 years ago now. Just like the Nazis burned 80% of libraries in WWII, completely decimated Polish cities, building and culture AND then Western Ukraine UPA did the same in Western Ukraine AND then Stalin, Soviets, Communist (that sadly took total control in Poland post-WWII and eliminated these "last doomed soldiers - saviors of jew, catholic, pole alike") who also with intent destroyed all the Polish culture and further executions for decades...
Jan Tomasz Gross is an evil human being preying on falsehood and emotion to manipulate and distort on multiple levels.