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Difficult questions in Polish-Jewish dialogue : how Poles and Jews see each other : a dialogue on key issues in Polish-Jewish relations

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Difficult questions in Polish-Jewish dialogue : how Poles and Jews see each other : a dialogue on key issues in Polish-Jewish relations
Call No: 943.8056 D569

Call Number943.8056 D569
Dates2006; ©2006
Statement of Responsibility[edited by Maciej Kozłowski, Andrzej Folwarczny and Michał Bilewicz ; English translation by Erica Lehrer].
Creators & ContributorsKozłowski, Maciej (editor)
Folwarczny, Andrzej (editor)
Bilewicz, Michał (editor)
Lehrer, Erica T. (translator)
Gutman, Israel (contributor)
Tokarska-Bakir, Joanna (contributor)
Tomaszewski, Jerzy (contributor)
Polonsky, Antony (contributor)
Bartoszewski, Władysław (contributor)
Szarota, Tomasz (contributor)
Kieres, Leon (contributor)
Kozłowski, Maciej (contributor)
Tych, Feliks (contributor)
Berenbaum, Michael (contributor)
Paczkowski, Andrzej (contributor)
Stola, Dariusz (contributor)
Szuchta, Robert (contributor)
Trojański, Piotr (contributor)
Bikont, Anna (contributor)
Becker, Yalom Karol (contributor)
Danzig, Alex (contributor)
Oleksy, Krystyna (contributor)
Wilkanowicz, Stefan (contributor)
Weinbaum, Laurence (contributor)
Isakiewicz, Elżbieta (contributor)
Akavia, Miriam (contributor)
Folwarczny, Andrzej (contributor)
Krzemiński, Ireneusz (contributor)
Kornak, Marcin (contributor)
Radzik, Zuzanna (contributor)
Peleg, D. (David) (contributor)
Datner, Helena (contributor)
Gebert, Konstanty (contributor)
Krajewski, Stanisław (contributor)
Bilewicz, Michał (contributor)
Avineri, Shlomo (contributor)
Cohen, Nili (contributor)
Frister, Roman (contributor)
Baker, Andrew (contributor)
Bayme, Steven (contributor)
Schudrich, Michael (contributor)
Pawlikowski, John (contributor)
Rosenblatt, Naomi H. (contributor)
Gordis, David M. (contributor)
Kołakowski, Leszek (contributor)
Forum Dialogu Między Narodami (contributor)
American Jewish Committee (contributor)
Summary"The book Difficult Questions, a collaborative project of the Forum for Dialogue Among Nations Foundation and the American Jewish Committee, is the first endeavor in Polish publishing to build bridges of understanding between Poles and Jews in a way that takes equal account of history, politics, and daily life... The Difficult Questions project began with an analysis of more than a thousand questionnaires gathered in Poland, the United States, Israel, Canada, and Australia. In them, young Poles and Jews exchanged the questions that seemed to them most pressing, difficult, and sensitive regarding the past, present, and future. A group of sociologists assembled by the Forum for Dialogue Among Nations, together with the editors of this book, compiled a list of the most fifty most important and representative questions posed by these young people. They were answered by some of the most distinguished experts in the areas of history, sociology, Polish-Jewish relations, and religion... The goal of Difficult Questions is education in the spirit of dialogue, in which both sides have an equal opportunity to express themselves and their views of the world. By bringing together knowledge and deep sensitivity to contemporary and historical problems, this book seeks to represent the world of Polish-Jewish relations without oversimplification or excuse." —Back cover
ContentsPAST
  1. Where did Jews come from to Poland and why? / Israel Gutman
  2. Where does anti-Semitism come from? / Joanna Tokarska-Bakir
  3. Were there pogroms in Poland? / Jerzy Tomaszewski
  4. How many Jews actually died during the Holocaust? / Israel Gutman
  5. Why did the Germans persecute the Jews? / Atony Polonsky
  6. Why did Poles collaborate with the Germans in persecuting Jews? / Israel Gutman
  7. How did Poles behave during the Holocaust? / Wladyslaw Bartoszewski
  8. How could it be that Poles let the Germans build ghettos and concentration camps in their neighbourhoods? / Wladyslaw Bartoszewski
  9. Did Poles organize anti-Jewish pogroms during World War II? / Tomasz Szarota
  10. What really happened at Jedwabne? / Leon Kieres
  11. Did Poles save Jews during the Holocaust? / Maciej Kozlowski
  12. Why didn't Jews fight back against the Germans during World War II? / Feliks Tych
  13. Was the Holocaust inevitable? / Michael Berenbaum
  14. Why were Jews murdered in Poland after the war? / Andrzej Paczkowski
  15. How many Jews were functionaries of the Security Service in the 1940s an 1950s? / Andrzej Paczkowski
  16. Why were Jews thrown out of Poland in 1968? / Dariusz Stola
TODAY

Memory and knowledge about the Holocaust
  1. What is taught about the Holocaust in Polish schools today? / Robert Szuchta, Piotr Trojanski
  2. How much do Poles know about the anti-Semitic excesses that occurred during World War II? / Anna Bikont
  3. What are Israeli pupils taught about the Holocaust and World War II, and how? / Yalom Karol Becker and Alex Danzig
  4. Do Poles visit the sites of Jewish extermination camps and what are their feelings when they do? / Krystyna Oleksy
  5. What do Poles who live near the places where thousands of people were killed feel? / Stefan Wilkanowicz
  6. Why do Jews accuse Poles of complicity in the Shoah? / Laurence Weinbaum
  7. Are there people in Poland who deny the Holocaust? / Wladyslaw Bartoszewski
  8. Do Poles feel disturbed by the monuments built in memory of the Holocaust? / Elzbieta Isakiewicz
  9. What do Jews who left Poland think about their country of origin?
Present-day Poland and the Jews
  1. How are current relations between Poles and Jews from abroad? / Andrzej Folwarczny
  2. Are Poles anti-Semites? / Ireneusz Krzeminski
  3. Why are there so many anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls in Polish cities? / Marcin Kornak
  4. Do young people in Poland fight against anti-Semitism? / Zuzanna Radzik
  5. What kind of attitudes do Poles have toward the State of Israel? / David Peleg
  6. What do Israelis think of contemporary Poland and Poles? / Maciej Kozlowski
Jewish presence in contemporary Poland
  1. Are there any Jews still living in Poland? / Helena Datner
  2. Is it dangerous to be a Jew in Poland today? / Konstanty Gebert
  3. Do Gentiles and Jews socialize together in Poland today? / Stanislaw Krajewski
  4. Do Jews want to retrieve their properties in Poland? / Stanislaw Krajewski
  5. Are Jews loyal to the countries they live in or to Israel? / Michal Bilewicz
  6. How can Jews live in the country where their ancestors were murdered? / Konstanty Gebert
Present-day Israel
  1. What is the background of the intense Israeli-Palestinian conflict? / Shlomo Avineri
  2. Are human rights respected in Israel? / Nili Cohen
  3. Why has the Israeli army shelled districts where Palestinians live? Roman Frister
  4. Why is Israel building a "wall"? / Roman Frister
  5. What is the difference between criticizing Israel and being anti-Semitic? / Andrew Baker
Judaism and Jewish culture
  1. Where does the Jewish religion come from? / Steven Bayme
  2. What is the meaning of circumcision, wearing a skullcap, and side curls? / Michael Schudrich
  3. Why don't Jews recognize Jesus Christ as the messiah? / John T. Pawlikowski
  4. What is the role of women in Judaism? / Naomi Harris Rosenblatt
  5. Is Jewishness on a religion? / David M. Gordis
FUTURE
  1. Is friendship between Poland and Israel in our shared interest? / Maciej Kozlowski
  2. Do Israelis accept the existence of a Palestinian state? / Roman Frister
  3. What will the relations between Poles and Jews be like in the future? / Leszek Kolakowski
Physical Description 259 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 21 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish, Translated from the Polish by Erica Lehrer.
PublisherWarszawa : Jacek Santorski & Co Agencja Wydawnicza
Notes
  • Translation of: Trudne pytania w dialogu polsko-zydowskim
  • "Jacek Santorski & Co Agencja Wydawnicza; Forum for Dialogue among Nations; American Jewish Committee" —Title page
  • "This book was published as part of the project carried out by the Forum for Dialogue among Nations and the American Jewish Committee, with financial assistance from the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust, Remembrance, and Research, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture" —Title page verso
  • Joint project of the Forum Dialogu Między Narodami and the American Jewish Committee
RecognitionGifted in 2009 by Krzysztof Czapla, Consul General of the Republic of Poland

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Tomaszewski, Jerzy (contributor)

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Kieres, Leon (contributor)

Kozłowski, Maciej (contributor)

Tych, Feliks (contributor)

Berenbaum, Michael (contributor)

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Stola, Dariusz (contributor)

Szuchta, Robert (contributor)

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Kornak, Marcin (contributor)

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