Since Polish Catholics embraced some anti-Jewish notions and actions prior to WWII, many intertwined the Nazi death camps in Poland with Polish anti-Semitism. As a result, more so than local non-Jewish population in other Nazi-occupied countries, Polish Catholics were considered active collaborators in the destruction of European Jewry. Through the presentation of these negative images in Holocaust literature, documentaries, and teaching, these stereotypes have been sustained and infect attitudes toward contemporary Poland, impacting on Jewish youth trips there from Israel and the United States. This book focuses on the role of Holocaust-related material in perpetuating anti-Polish images and describes organizational efforts to combat them. Without minimizing contemporary Polish anti-Semitism, it also presents more positive material on contemporary Polish-American organizations and Jewish life in Poland. To our knowledge this will be the first book to document systematically the anti-Polish images in Holocaust material, to describe ongoing efforts to combat these negative stereotypes, and to emphasize the positive role of the Polish Catholic community in the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland. Thus, this book will present new information that will be of value to Holocaust Studies and the 100,000 annual foreign visitors to the German death camps in Poland.
Robert Cherry is professor of economics at Brooklyn College. He has written dozens of articles and four books on discrimination, and has written extensively on the American Jewish community and the Holocaust. He is the author of Who Gets the Good Jobs? Combating Race and Gender Earnings Disparities, Prosperity for All? The Economic Boom and African Americans, Discrimination: Its Economic Impact on Blacks, Women, and Jews, and The Imperiled Economy: Macroeconomics from a Left Perspective. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska teaches in the sociology department at Jagiellonian University, Krakow.
Part 1 Foreward Part 2 Preface Part 3 Introduction: Confronting Negative Stereotypes: Polish Behavior in Wartime and Contemporary Poland Part 4 Anti-Polish Stereotypes Chapter 5 Introduction: Anti-Polish Stereotypes Chapter 6 Poland and the Poles in the Cinematic Portrayal of the Holocaust Chapter 7 Cinema in the Crossfire of Jewish-Polish Polemics: Wajda's Korczak and Polanski's The Pianist Chapter 8 American Press Coverage of Poland's Role in the Holocaust Chapter 9 Measuring Anti-Polish Biases Among Holocaust Teachers Part 10 Contextual Understanding and Dialogue Chapter 11 Introduction: Polish-Jewish Relations in America Chapter 12 Polish-Jewish Relations during the Holocaust: A Changing Jewish Viewpoint Chapter 13 Polish and Jewish Historiography of Jewish-Polish Relations during World War II Chapter 14 The Holocaust: A Continuing Challenge for Polish-Jewish Relations Chapter 15 Polish-Jewish Relations since 1984: Reflections of a Participant Part 16 Contemporary Poland Chapter 17 Introduction: Polish-Jewish Relations in Poland: Where Have We Come From and Where Are We Headed? Chapter 18 The Evolution of Catholic-Jewish Relations after 1989 Chapter 19 Antisemitism in Contemporary Poland: Does It Matter? And For Whom Does It Matter? Chapter 20 Polish Historians Respond to Jedwabne Chapter 21 March of the Living: Confronting Anti-Polish Stereotypes Chapter 22 Gentiles Doing Jewish Stuff: The Contributions of Polish Non-Jews to Polish Jewish Life