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Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz
Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz

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Manufacturer: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Author(s): Jan Gross

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Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9780812967463
Edition: Reprint
ISBN: 0812967461
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Random House Trade Paperbacks
MPN: Illustrated
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2007-08-14
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release Date: 2007-08-14
Studio: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Editorial Review:
An astonishing and heartbreaking study of the Polish Holocaust survivors who returned home only to face continued violence and anti-Semitism at the hands of their neighbors

“[Fear] culminates in so keen a shock that even a student of the Jewish tragedy during World War II cannot fail to feel it.”—Elie Wiesel


Poland suffered an exceedingly brutal Nazi occupation during the Second World War, in which 90 percent of the country’s three and a half million Jews perished. Yet despite this unprecedented calamity, Jewish Holocaust survivors returning to their hometowns in Poland after the war were further subjected to terror and bloodshed. The deadliest peacetime pogrom in twentieth-century Europe took place in the Polish town of Kielce on July 4, 1946.

In Fear, Jan T. Gross addresses a vexing question: How was this possible? At the center of his investigation is a detailed reconstruction of the Kielce pogrom and how ordinary Poles responded to the spectacle of Jews being murdered by their fellow citizens. Anti-Semitism, Gross argues, became a common currency between the Communist regime and a society in which many were complicit in the Nazi campaign of plunder and murder—and for whom the Jewish survivors were a standing reproach.

For more than half a century, the fate of Jewish Holocaust survivors in Poland was cloaked in guilt and shame. Writing with passion, brilliance, and fierce clarity, Jan T. Gross brings to light a truth that must never be ignored.

Praise for Fear

“That a civilized nation could have descended so low . . . such behavior must be documented, remembered, discussed. This Gross does, intelligently and exhaustively.”The New York Times Book Review

“Gripping . . . an especially powerful and, yes, painful reading experience . . . illuminating and searing.”Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Gross tells a devastating story. . . . One can only hope that this important book will make a difference.”Boston Sunday Globe

“A masterful work that sheds necessary light on a tragic and often-ignored aspect of postwar history.”Booklist (starred review)

“Astonishing . . . Gross supplies impeccable documentation.”—Baltimore Sun

“Compelling . . . Gross builds a meticulous case.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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