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18:30 - 20:00 20 November 2014

Hunt for the Jews: The Case of Occupied Poland, 1942-1945

Location

Garden Room | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Jan Grabowski, Professor, Department of History, University of Ottowa

In 1942 and 1943, thousands of Jews escaped transports to death camps and sought shelter in the Polish countryside. Few survived until 1945. Using previously unexplored archival documents, Canadian-Polish historian Jan Grabowski argues that the explanation lies not in German control of rural Poland. In fact, the greatest enemies of Poles attempting to save Jews were other Poles: watchful neighbors who denounced rescuers to the police. Grabowski's masterfully told and soberly argued study has helped drive a revolution in Holocaust studies that has gone largely unnoticed in the west, showing that the death machine needed complicity of local populations, based in bigotries inherited from earlier times, as well as fears and opportunities generated by the Nazi occupation. He will give fresh and vital insights into problems that legions of historians have studied for decades.


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Sara BenIsaac
+44 (0)20 7679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


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