Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 4

Poles and Jews: Perceptions and Misperceptions
Edited by Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski

The theme of this rich and highly focused volume is Polish perceptions of Jews and Jewish perceptions of Poles from the Middle Ages to the present. Essays by Leszek Kolakowski and Wladyslaw Bartoszewski set the parameters of the debate. Contributors analyse sources ranging from Yiddish folk-songs to Hebrew, Yiddish, and Polish literature to Polish plays, and the discussions range over the entire period. Norman Davies writes on ethnic diversity in twentieth-century Poland, and other essays deal with related political aspects. There is also an important exchange between Stanislaus Blejwas and Shmuel Krakowski entitled ‘Polemic as History'.

About the editors

Antony Polonsky is Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Chief Historian of the Permanent Collection of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw.


Gershon C. Bacon, Israel Bartal, Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski, Stanislaus A. Blejwas, Andrzej Bryk, Michael Burleigh, Andrzej Chojnowski, Norman Davies, David Engel, M. R. D. Foot, Frank Golczewski, Adam Hetnal, Julian Ilicki, Iwona Irwin-Zarecka, Krystyna Kersten, Stefan Kieniewicz, Leszek Kolakowski, Pawel Korzec, Shmuel Krakowski. Jack Kugelmass, Anna Landau-Czajka, Sergiusz Michalski, Magdalena Opalski, Antony Polonsky, Eugenia Prokopówna, Peter Pulzer, Anna Radziwill, Alexandra Reiche, Murray J. Rosman, Michael C. Steinlauf, Jerzy Szapiro, Jean-Charles Szurek, Janusz Tazbir, Nechama Tec, Chava Turniansky, Roman Zimand

Contributor information

Gershon C. Bacon, Senior Lecturer in Jewish History, Bar Ilan University
Israel Bartal, Professor of Modern Jewish History, and Director, Centre for Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jews, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, formerly visiting professor, Catholic University of Lublin, and Munich, Eichstätt, and Augsburg Universities; winner of the 1986 Peace Prize of the German Publishers' and Booksellers' Association
Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski, Research Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford
Stanislaus A. Blejwas, Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University
Andrzej Bryk, Lecturer, Institute for Constitutional History, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Michael Burleigh, Lecturer, Department of International History, London School of Economics
Andrzej Chojnowski, Docent, Historical Institute, University of Warsaw
Norman Davies, Professor of Polish History, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
David Engel, Senior Lecturer in Jewish History, Tel Aviv University
M. R. D. Foot, formerly Professor of Modern History, University of Manchester
Frank Golczewski, Professor of Modern History, University of the German Federal
Armed Forces, Hamburg
Adam Hetnal, Assistant Professor of History, Souther Utah State College
Julian Ilicki, Researcher in Jewish Social Studies, University of Uppsala
Iwona Irwin-Zarecka, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
Krystyna Kersten, Docent, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Stefan Kieniewicz, Professor Emeritus, University of Warsaw
Leszek Kolakowski, Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; Professor of the History of Philosophy, University of Chicago
Pawel Korzec, formerly Professor, University of Lódz; Researcher, centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Shmuel Krakowski, Director, Yad Vashem Archives, Jerusalem
Jack Kugelmass, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Anna Landau-Czajka, Researcher, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Sergiusz Michalski, Lecturer, University of Augsburg
Magdalena Opalski, Carleton and York Universities, Canada Antony Polonsky
Eugenia Prokopówna, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Peter Pulzer, Gladstone Professor of Government and Public Administration, University of Oxford; Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
Anna Radziwill
Alexandra Reiche, University of Oxford
Murray J. Rosman, Bar Ilan University
Michael C. Steinlauf, Assistant Professor of East European Jewish History, Brandeis University
Jerzy Szapiro, former Director, Neurosurgery Clinic, Medical Academy of Lódz
Jean-Charles Szurek, Researcher, Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Janusz Tazbir, Professor, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Nechama Tec, Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut
Chava Turniansky, Professor of Yiddish, and Head, Department of Yiddish, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Roman Zimand, Researcher, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw


Publication details


23.5 x 15.5 cm / 6" x 9"

Pages 508 pages
ISBN 978-1-904113-19-5 paperback
Price £24.95 / $39.95
Date of publication 1990
August 2004 (paperback Print on Demand)


Statement from the Editors

National Stereotypes LESZEK KOLAKOWSKI
Poles and Jews as the ‘Other' WLADYSLAW T. BARTOSZEWSKI

Images of the Jew in the Polish Commonwealth JANUSZ TAZBIR
A Minority Views the Majority: Jewish Attitudes towards the Polish—Lithuanian Commonweath and Interaction with the Poles MURRAY J. ROSMAN
Yiddish ‘Historical' Songs as Sources for the History of the Jews in Pre-Partition Poland CHAVA TURNIANSKY
Non-Jews and Gentile Society in East European Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, 1856-1914 ISRAEL BARTAL
Trends in the Literary Perception of Jews in Modern Polish Fiction MAGDALENA OPALSKI
Antisemitic Literature in Poland before the First World War FRANK GOLCZEWSKI
Mr Geldhab and Sambo in Peyes: Images of the Jew on the Polish Stage, 1863-1905 MICHAEL C. STEINLAUF
The Image of the Shtetl in Polish Literature EUGENIA PROKOPOWNA
Ethnic Diversity in Twentieth-Century Poland NORMAN DAVIES
The Jewish Question in the Work of the Instytut Badan Spraw Narodowosciowych ANDRZEJ CHOJNOWSKI
The Ubiquitous Enemy: The Jew in the Political Thought of Radical Right-Wing Nationalists in Poland, 1926-1939 ANNA LANDAU-CZAJKA
Jews and Poles under Soviet Occupations, 1939-1941: Conflicting Interests PAWEL KORZEC and JEAN-CHARLES SZUREK
Polish—Jewish Relations and the Holocaust ANTONY POLONSKY
The Founding of the All-Polish Anti-Racist League in 1946 WLADYSLAW BARTOSZEWSKI
The Contexts of the So-Called Jewish Question in Poland after World War II KRYSTYNA KERSTEN and JERZY SZAPIRO
Changing Identity among Younger Polish Jews in Sweden after 1968 JULIAN ILICKI

Problematizing the ‘Jewish Problem' IWONA IRWIN-ZARECKA
Understanding and Hope: Righteous Rescuers and Polish Jews NECHAMA TEC
Jews in Jarmolince STEFAN KIENIEWICZ

Personal View
Wormwood and Ashes: Do Poles and Jews Hate Each Other? ROMAN ZIMAND

Polemic as History: Shmuel Krakowski, The War of the Doomed: Jewish Armed Resistance in Poland, 1942-1944 STANISLAUS J. BLEJWAS
Response to Blejwas SHMUEL KRAKOWSKI
Response to Krakowski STANISLAUS J. BLEJWAS

Review Articles
The Struggles for Poland ANDRZEJ BRYK
Unchanging View: Polish Jewry as Seen in Recent One-Volume Histories of the Jews GERSHON C. BACON
The Teaching of the History of the Jews in Secondary Schools in the Polish People's Republic, 1949-1988 ANNA RADZIWILL
Works in Hebrew on the History of the Jews in Interwar Poland DAVID ENGEL
Reading Ringelbaum TOMASZ GASOWSKI
Recent Publications on the Plight of the Jews in Occupied Poland ADAM A. HETNAL
Resistance to Tyranny M. R .D. FOOT
Nazi Social Policies MICHAEL BURLEIGH
History, Holocaust, and German National Identity ALEXANDRA REICHE
A Look at the Last Jews of Poland JACK KUGELMASS

Scholarly Conference: 500 Years of Jewish Settlement in Podlasie ANNA IZDORCZYK and EWA PANKIEWICZ