Journal Article

Polish Historiography of the Holocaust—Between Silence and Public Debate

Natalia Aleksiun

in German History

Published on behalf of German History Society

Volume 22, issue 3, pages 406-432
Published in print July 2004 | ISSN: 0266-3554
Published online July 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-089X | DOI:
Polish Historiography of the Holocaust—Between Silence and Public Debate

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The story of Polish historiography of the Holocaust lends itself to divisions when one analyses the number of publications, and the questions asked by the scholars in the field. There was a great deal of valuable activity in the period immediately following the Second World War and, to a lesser extent, up to 1968; the revitalization of the field at the end of the twentieth century has roots that go back to the late 1980s. Holocaust scholarship in Poland has changed in many respects since the end of the war. Within the last three years a number of important publications have appeared that challenge the long-held assumptions of Polish historians about the fate of Polish Jewry under Nazi occupation. These works have transformed the field with respect both to the key topics for investigation and the questions asked by historians researching these aspects of the Holocaust. Jan T. Gross led the way with Neighbors, published in 2000. This book opened a heated discussion, and became an important trigger in the process of changing Polish Holocaust historiography.

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Subjects: European History

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