Conventional wisdom holds that Jews killed in Poland immediately after World War II were victims of ubiquitous Polish anti-Semitism. This book traces the roots of Polish-Jewish conflict after the war, demonstrating that it was a two-sided phenomenon and not simply an extension of the Holocaust. The author argues that violence developed after the Soviet takeover of Poland amid post-war retribution and counter-retribution and was exacerbated by the breakdown of law and order and a raging Polish anti-Communist insurgency. Meanwhile, Jewish Communists fought to establish a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist regime. Some Jewish avengers endeavored to extract justice from Poles who allegedly harmed Jews during the War and in some cases Jews attempted to reclaim property confiscated by the Nazis. These phenomena reinforced the stereotype of zydokomuna
, a Jewish-Communist conspiracy, and Poles reacted with violence.
“Chodakiewicz brings clarity to an enormously complex moral and political problem that has cried out for this kind of rigorous analysis." - Kenneth W. Thompson, J. William Norman Professor of Governance, University of Virginia
"A well-written, balanced presentation of the Polish-Jewish conflict. Well worth reading not only by historians, but also by sociologists and psychologists." - M. K. Dziewanowski, author of War at Any Price: World War II in EuropePURCHASE