Disputed Memory: Jewish Past, Polish Remembrance
Before the Second World War, over 3 million Jews lived in Poland. Almost all of them were killed during the Shoah. The Communist regime forbade commemoration of the Jews as a special group of victims. That has changed since 1990, but remembrance of the Jews still polarises Polish society. That is shown by the debate over Jedwabne and the postwar pogroms. There exists a competition of victims between Jews and Poles. A mythological and symbolic figure of “the Jew” is still at work in Polish memory. Moreover, a “virtual Jewry” has come into being at former sites of Jewish life.
Main Topic: Holocaust and Memorial Memory Jewish Heritage Antisemitism Holocaust Survivors Holocaust Commemoration
Link to article including link to pdf, Forgotten Memory The Jews of Vilne in the Diaspora
Disputed Memory: Jewish Past, Polish Remembrance. 2008: 199-217. https://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-pol97