Search in the aim to localise the exact place where the Jedwabne tragedy did happen
polish version
translated by: Krzysztof Janiewicz

From PAP 18.03.2001

The work has begun in Jedwabne to localise place where the Jewish victims of the massacre are buried, in the aim to establish a small cemetery.

Last Thursday the monument with the sign omitting Polish participation in the crime has been removed.

Research of grounds is done by the means of the surface methods such as resonance and earth probe, and to the large extend are based on the military aerial photographs that were taken in the 1950 and 1953. Photographs are showing contours of the burned barn and disturbed soil. Since 1960’s, the area was used for agriculture. The results of the research should be known sometimes next week.

On Saturday prof. Tomasz Strzembosz, who is doing a research on the circumstances surrounding massacre, and is critical towards prof. Gross’s publication "Neighbours" based on the thesis that crime was committed by the Polish neighbours, arrived to Jedwabne. Prof. Strzembosz will meet with the people who witnessed events from 60 years ago.

Prof. Strzembosz is of the opinion, that the witness testimonies from the 1949 court case in Lomza, used to the large extend by prof. Gross in his book, indicate that the Germans were directly involved in the murder of the Jews in Jedwabne.

Prof. Strzembosz also disputes truthfulness of the Shmul Waserstein’s testimony. Shmul Waserstein is a main witness of prof. Gross in regard to the Jedwabne massacre.

Prof. Strzembosz is stressing a point that Shmul Waserstein, according to his knowledge, was in hiding during the events in Jedwabne, so he can’t be regarded as an eyewitness, and whole of his testimony is only hearsay.

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