History | Polish Jewish Relations in the 20th Century
J300 | 2998 | Shore
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires
registration in COAS W333
TOPIC: The Anguishes of Neighbors: Polish-Jewish Relations
in the 20th c.
This seminar will explore the painful and complex history of Polish-
Jewish relations from Poland's "regaining of independence"
in 1918 through the present day, particularly in the light of the
enormous discussion surrounding Jan Gross's recently-published book
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne,
Poland. While the course will be organized chronologically,
discussions will be more focused thematically. Topics will include
assimilation and its discontents; anti-semitism and the Polish Right;
cosmopolitanism and the "non-Jewish Jew;" Polish-Jewish relations
during the Nazi occupation; and the legacy of so-called "zydokomuna,"
a virtually untranslatable Polish term referring to communism as a
kind of Jewish-Bolshevik conspiracy. Readings will include
historical analyses as well as newspaper polemics, poems, short
stories and memoirs.