Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
Author: Jan Gross
On July 10, 1941, in Nazi-occupied Poland, half the town of Jedwabne brutally murdered the other half: 1,600 men, women, and children―all but seven of the town’s Jews. In this classic of Holocaust history, the book reveals how Jedwabne’s Jews were murdered not by faceless Nazis, but by people who knew them well—their non-Jewish Polish neighbors. A previously untold story of the complicity of non-Germans in the extermination of the Jews, Neighbors shows how people victimized by the Nazis could at the same time victimize their Jewish fellow citizens. In a new preface, Gross reflects on the book’s explosive international impact and the backlash it continues to provoke from right-wing Polish nationalists who still deny their ancestors’ role in the destruction of the Jews.