This site has the purpose of presenting information casting light on the Jewish-Polish-American author's, J. T. Gross's book "Neighbours," a seemigly factual-historical account of the alleged enormous massacre of Jews that is supposed to have been perpetrated by their Polish neighbours ( all the townsfolk!) in the little town Jedwabne [pronounced : yedvabne] in eastern Poland in July 1941. The book is due out in the US in July 2001. An unheard-off media frenzy is expected to accompany the publication. Piotr Gontarczyk, a Polish author comments on Gross's book : "The author of 'Neigbors' has used uncritically an extremely poor selection of sources. His book is replete with ill-founded statements; he leaves out or obscures whatever doesn't fit his preconceived thesis, constructing a narrative on the basis of stereotypes, biases, and common gossip. In his reasoning, he doesn't abide by the rules of logic or scholarly objectivity. In short, Gross makes arbitrary metaphysical-ideological statements that have no scholarly grounds whatsoever. Because of all these shortcomings, Gross's book cannot be the basis of any serious discussion on the Polish history in general, and on the Jedwabne crime in particular"
There are thousands of lies, but there is only one truth.
There are thousands of lies, but there is only one truth.
Every murder is a tragedy, one that should not happen.
But every false accusation of committing a murder is also a tragedy - a tragedy for the accused. It should not happen either.
Of course, every investigation of a murder should be conducted with an extreme caution. All the evidence should be scrutinized in the minutest detail. Not only to establish the whole truth, to point the perpetrator and possible accomplices, and to bring them to justice, but also to prevent accusations against innocent people. Especially when a mass murder seems to be the case.
It is evident that in his book on the alleged superpogrom of 1600 (sic!) Jews, allegedly perpetrated by the Poles in the German-occupied eastern Poland, J.T. Gross have not shown due caution, but voiced mere opinions whose basis is the vague testimony of two Jewish "eye-witnesses," Shmul Wasersztajn and Rivka Fogel.
Below are fragments of their testimony.
"Two sisters, the wife of Avraham Kubrzanski and the wife of Saul Binsztajn, whose husbands fled with the Russians, having endured a horrible punishment at the hands of the Germans, decided to end their own lives and those of their children. They exchanged the children, then jumped together into deep water. Gentiles standing nearby pulled them out, but they managed to jump in again, and drowned."
Shmul Wasersztajn on the same incident:
"That same day I saw a horrible scene. Chaja ("Chaya") Kubrzanska, 28 years old, and Basia Binsztajn, 26, both with babies in their arms, jumped into the pond and drowned, rather than falling into the hands of those hoodlums. First, they tossed the babies into the water, then followed them themselves. Baska Binsztajn went to the bottom instantly, while Chaja Kubrzanska suffered for hours. The bystanders (hoodlums) treated it as a show, enjoying the view and advising her to lie face down in the water, so she could drown quicker..."
It is obvious that these statements seriously contradict one another. Alas, these and numerous other contradictions and ambiguities have been no obstacle to J.T. Gross to fabricate his highly accusatory book.
On this webpage, we will try to present the other side of the Jedwabne story, as seen by those Polish historians and journalists who, unlike some other Polish historians and journalists, dare to question Gross's gross revelations.
This site will be gradually updated.
*** - The most important articles containing the most recent findings of the investigation and researches conducted on the Jedwabne subject by Polish historians.
** - Articles only partially connected with the events in Jedwabne or containing less information on the subject, but still important.
* - Articles containing other material, like for example about Polish martyrology or Polish - Jewish relations.
- new articles
|***||Ultimate debunking of Gross||prof. Tomasz Strzembosz||Rzeczpospolita||31.03.2001|
|***||We Cannot Be Afraid||dr Bogdan Musiał||Życie||02.02.2001|
|***||The Verdict of Circuit Court in Lomza in 1949||Piotr Gontarczyk||06.09.2001|
|***||Gross versus the facts||Piotr Gontarczyk||Zycie||28.02.2001|
|***||THE SILK ROAD OF LIES - A historian Leszek Żebrowski about Gross's "Neighbors"||Waldemar Moszkowski||Nasz Dziennik||31.03.2001|
|***||The Exploitation of the Tragedy in Jedwabne. Enough is Definitely Enough||Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski||20.04.2001|
|***||The problems of shock therapy in Jedwabne (PDF)||dr Marek Jan Chodakiewicz||Rzeczpospolita||05.01.2001|
|***||100 Falsehoods of J.T. Gross (1 - 3)||prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak||Niedziela - Tygodnik Katolicki||27.02.2001|
|***||Jedwabne - LIES AND DISTORTIONS||prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak||Głos 7 (865)||17.02.2001|
|***||The Moral Duty of Getting at the Truth||Bishop Stanislaw Stefanek||Nasz Dziennik||13.03.2001|
|***||Descent of the Satan or Arrival of the Gestapo?||prof. Tomasz Strzembosz||Rzeczpospolita||12.05.2001|
|***||Der unbewußte Antisemitismus||Prof. Dr. Tomasz Strzembosz||Tygodnik Solidarność||03.08.2001|
|***||DO NOT SHAME JEDWABNE!||An interview with Mrs. Leokadia Blajszczak, an eyewitness to the Jedwabne tragedy, by Grazyna Dziedzinska||13.05.2001|
|***||Revisiting the Gross-Wasersztajn Story||Heralds of Truth||13.05.2001|
|***||Germans forced Poles to participate in Jedwabne murder||Prof. Tomasz Strzembosz||Rzeczpospolita||15.03.2001|
|***||Jedwabne and the selling of the holocaust||Richard Lukas||23.05.2001|
|***||THE LATEST WORD||Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski||13.07.2001|
|***||To the Editor of The Wall Street Journal||Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski||12.07.2001|
|***||Jedwabne - Auschwitz - Sachsenhausen||dr Adam Cyra||Rzeczpospolita||02.02.2001|
|***||Jedwabne - Polish massacre of innocent Jews?||Robert Strybel||Polish News (?)||15.03.2001|
|***||Diffrent versions of crime||MJO||Kurier Poranny||18.02.2001|
|***||Another "Rush to Judgment" ?||Mirosława Zawadzka|
|***||"Neighbours", history or literature||Krzysztof Janiewicz||21.03.2001|
|***||In a shadow of Jedwabne||dr hab. Paweł Machcewicz||Rzeczpospolita||11.12.2000|
|***||CONFRONTATION AMONG "NEIGHBORS" - A Conference at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum||T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert||Polonia Today||05.06.2001|
|***||"LIVING IN POLONIA" - MORE "BIRDS"?||T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert||Polonia Today||05.06.2001|
|***||"LIVING IN POLONIA" - LET THE PREYING BEGIN!||T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert||Polonia Today||05.06.2001|
|**||The ignored collaboration||prof. Tomasz Strzembosz||Rzeczpospolita||27.01.2001|
|**||Comments on John Tomas Gross's Ghastly Decade 1939-1948||prof. I.C.Pogonowski||POLISH PANORAMA||18.03.2001|
|**||Why did Gross changed his opinion?||Jan Moor-Jankowski||29.05.2001|
|**||Pro and contra 25||Prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak||Niedziela||24.06.2001|
|**||The historical or the journalistic truth?||Piotr Gontarczyk||Zycie||21.06.2001|
|***||Geschichte oder Propaganda||Piotr Gontarczyk||Zycie||09.07.2001|
|**||The facts speak for themselves||Maciej Walaszczyk||Nasz Dziennik||06.06.2001|
|**||Quiet Over This Grave||Lech Walesa||PAP||10.03.2001|
|**||Professor Finkelstein Upholds His Objections !||Krzysztof Górnik||INFOPATRIA||21.03.2001|
|**||Answer to the anti-Polish venom contained in the article "Poland's willing executioners"||Chris Janiewicz||13.05.2001|
|**||Antipolish campaign continues - correspondence from Belgium||Christopher Skotnicki||Polish-Belgian Association||10.06.2001|
|*||WHO HINDERS THE DIALOGUE? An interview with the Reverend Professor Waldemar Chrostowski||Paweł Paliwoda||Życie||10.04.2001|
|*||The Forgotten Holocaust||Ewa M. Thompson||The Sarmatian Review||04.1998|
|*||Poles in Jewish Discourse||Ewa M. Thompson||The Sarmatian Review||01.1999|
|*||Jews murdering Poles||prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak||Głos 8 (866)|
|*||Between the hammer and the nail||Excerpt from the Mark Paul's book "The Story of Two Shtetls"||Canadian Polish Congress||24.02.2001|
|*||NEIGHBOURS On The Eve of the Holocaust||Mark Paul||Canadian Polish Congress (PDF)||26.03.2001|
|*||Murderers who take pride in their crime||Krzysztof Janiewicz||15.03.2001|
|*||A MURDERER RECEIVED THE VIRTUTI MILITARI?!||Andrzej Kumor||Gazeta of Toronto||24.03.2001|
|*||INVESTIGATION OF THE NALIBOKI MASSACRE||PAP||PAP||26.03.2001|
|*||Protests and actions taken by the Polish Government in exile against the extermination of the Jewish population by the German Government 1939-43||25.05.2001|
|News Reports From The Polish Press|
|The President of IPN has already passed his judgment||KWM, PAP; Monika Rotulska||Nasz Dziennik||03.03.2001|
|Documents found in the archives in Ludwigsburg||PAP||PAP||20.03.2001|
|Search in the aim to localise the exact place where the Jedwabne tragedy did happen||PAP||PAP||18.03.2001|
|Grave next to the barn (2 x 5 Meters)||Grzegorz Kończewski||Nowości - Gazeta Pomorza i Kujaw||19.03.2001|
|Secrets in the archives.||Wojciech Kamiński, pap||Zycie||24.03.2001|
|Why didn't Gross come to Jedwabne?||KAI||Katolicka Agencja Informacyjna||23.02.2001|
|New findings in Jedwabne investigation||Radio ZET||Radio ZET||26.03.2001|
|UNKNOWN DOCUMENTS FROM THE LOMZA ARCHIVES||Mikołaj Wójcik||Nasz Dziennik||27.03.2001|
|IT WAS PART OF A GERMAN-PLANNED ROUND OF EXECUTIONS||Aneta Gryczka||Zycie||29.02.2001|
|Ksiądz Edward Orłowski o Jedwabnem||Ks. Edward Orłowski||10.06.2001|
|News Reports From The World Press|
|Polish historians question credibility of witnesses cited in 1941 pogrom book||BBC||BBC||02.04.2001|
|Jewish grave controversy deepens||Ray Furlong||BBC||04.06.2001|
|Poland Exhumes 200 Jewish Victims of 1941 Massacre||REUTERS||04.06.2001|
|SOME SENSE AMONG CHAOS||POLONIA TODAY ONLINE||POLONIA TODAY ONLINE||13.07.2001|
|Protests, open letters|
|Answers from prof. Norman Davies to the accusers of Poland - Letters to the Editor of TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT1|2||prof. Norman Davies|
|United States security is affected by current attempts to destabilize Poland||Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski||14.05.2001|
|Comment on the article titled "Revisiting a Massacre"||Karol Gutowski
|Response to Sarasota Herald Tribune||Prof. I. C. Pogonowski||13.03.2001|
|Response to Free Press||Karol Gutowski
|Letter to Princeton Univ. Press||Dana I. Alvi||POLISH-AMERICAN PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE||17.03.2001|
|Open letter to Mr. Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assambly||Christopher Skotnicki||Polish-Belgian Assoc. Brussels||22.03.2001|
|Letter to Princeton Univ. Press||Dana I. Alvi||POLISH-AMERICAN PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE||26.03.2001|
|Letters of Protest to the Editor of Princeton University Press||POLISH-AMERICAN PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
HERALDS OF TRUTH
|Letter to the Editor of Princeton University Press||Anna R. Dadlez, Ph.D.||02.04.2001|
|Letter to "The Age", Melbourne, Australia||Krzysztof Janiewicz||09.04.2001|
|Letter to "The Observer"||Krzysztof Janiewicz||11.04.2001|
|Letter to "The New York Times"||Karol Gutowski
|Protest to ABC Radio National||Krzysztof Janiewicz||19.05.2001|
|An Open Letter from the Residents of Jedwane to the Government of the Republic of Poland||COMMITTEE FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE GOOD NAME OF JEDWABNE||Tygodnik Katolicki Niedziela||13.05.2001|
|Letter to the President of U.S.A. G.W.Bush||Karol Gutowski
|Protestbrief an die Süddeutsche Zeitung||Wlodzimierz Kaluza||03.06.2001|
|Letter to the National Post||Hanna Sokolski, Canadian Polish Congress||23.06.2001|
|Letter to the Editor of NEWSWEEK||Michael Preisler||13.07.2001|
|Jedwabne and the Will to remain ignorant, George!||Stanley Naj||13.07.2001|
|To: Europe Media.net Transitions Online||Krzysztof Janiewicz||16.07.2001|
|"Der Spiegel" schliesst sich der Rufmordkampagne gegen Polen an!||Wlodzimierz Kaluza||27.07.2001|
|To Ms. Anne Roiphe from "The New York Observer"||Jaroslaw Waszczuk||24.07.2001||Mrs.Margaret Pageler President of Seattle City Council||Wojciech Wlazlinski||24.07.2001|
|The articles was printed in the following newspapers|
|Some english articles about Jedwabne by Canadian Polish Congress http://www.kpk.org/KPK/toronto/jedwabne_update.pdf|