Antisemitism in Poland.

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Author: Jan T. Gross
Date: Apr. 9, 2021
From: TLS. Times Literary Supplement(Issue 6158)
Publisher: NI Syndication Limited
Document Type: Letter to the editor
Length: 813 words
Lexile Measure: 1540L

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I was astonished to read Joanna Rostropowicz Clark's letter on "Polish antisemitism and the Soviets" (March 26), in which she lays on your readers an old canard about the Kielce pogrom. Clark alleges that the killing of Jews on July 4, 1946 in this Polish city was provoked by the Soviet security apparatus--a claim utterly debunked by both a thorough investigation concluded in 1997 by a public prosecutor in Poland, and by meticulous scholarship, including the most recently published definitive two-volume (1,576 pages of text, appendices and documents) study of the Kielce pogrom by Professor Joanna Tokarska-Bakir (Pod Klqtwq. Spoleczny portret pogromu kieleckiego--"Under a Curse: A social portrait of the Kielce pogrom", 2018).

The Soviet provocation, Clark states, was part of a clever plot to divert attention from the RibbentropMolotov pact and the Katyn murders, which the Soviets feared could come out during the Nuremberg Trial. Except that the western Allies knew everything about Stalin's complicity with Hitler between 1939 and 1941, while in Nuremberg only the Nazi regime was in the dock, and any mention of putative war crimes by the Allies was basically off limits. The whole premiss--that the foil of Polish antisemitism "was necessary to make Poland less sympathetic in...

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