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
Jedwabne - artykuły, wypowiedzi, wywiady
|***||THE TRUTH ABOUT JEDWABNE AND HEROIC DEEDS OF THE POLISH NATION IN THE 20TH CENTURY||Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski|
|***||Did Christian half murder the Jewish half of Jedwabne as J. T. Gross claims in "Neighbors"?||Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski|
|***||AN ANSWER TO BRUMBERG'S SLANDER OF POLAND IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS||Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski|
|***||TO THE INSTITUTE OF NATIONAL MEMORY||Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski|
|***||Ultimate debunking of Gross - prof. Tomasz Strzembosz||prof. Tomasz Strzembosz|
|***||An Open Letter to the Institute of National Memory, Warsaw, Poland.||Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski and others|
|***||Jedwabne and Crimes in Kresy||Prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak|
|***||Jedwabne and crimes in Kresy 1939-1941 (4)||Prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak|
|***||The Anatomy of the Murder||Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski|
|***||Bogdan Musiał interviewed by Paweł Paliwoda||dr Bogdan Musiał|
|***||"TRUTH SQUAD" CONFRONTS GROSS AT N.Y. LECTURE||Frank Milewski|
|***||POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTATION COMMITTEE SAYS TRAGIC STORY OF JEDWABNE DISTORTED||Frank Milewski|
|***||The Verdict of Circuit Court in Lomza in 1949 - Piotr Gontarczyk||Piotr Gontarczyk|
|***||The facts speak for themselves - by Maciej Walaszczyk||Maciej Walaszczyk|
|***||100 Falsehoods of J.T. Gross (1 - 3) - dr. Jerzy Robert Nowak||prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak|
|***||The problems of shock therapy in Jedwabne||dr Marek Jan Chodakiewicz|
|***||THE SILK ROAD OF LIES - A historian Leszek Zebrowski about Gross's "Neighbors"||Waldemar Moszkowski|
|***||The Exploitation of the Tragedy in Jedwabne - Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski||Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski|
|***||Gross versus the facts - Piotr Gontarczyk||Piotr Gontarczyk|
|***||Why did Gross changed his opinion? - Jan Moor-Jankowski||Jan Moor-Jankowski|
|***||LIES AND DISTORTIONS - prof. JERZY ROBERT NOWAK||prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak|
|***||Descent of the Satan or Arrival of the Gestapo? - Prof. Tomasz Strzembosz||prof. Tomasz Strzembosz|
|***||Revisiting the Gross-Wasersztajn Story||Heralds of Truth|
|***||Prof. Strzembosz: Germans forced Poles to participate in Jedwabne murder||Prof. Tomasz Strzembosz|
|***||JEDWABNE AND THE SELLING OF THE HOLOCAUST - by Richard Lukas||Richard Lukas|
|***||THE LATEST WORD by Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski||Prof. Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski|
|***||THE IGNORED COLLABORATION||Tomasz Strzembosz|
|***||Pro and contra||Prof. Jerzy Robert Nowak|
|***||The historical or the journalistic truth? - Piotr Gontarczyk||Piotr Gontarczyk|
|***||"Neighbours", history or literature - Krzysztof Janiewicz||Krzysztof Janiewicz|
|***||Jedwabne - Father Orlowski||Ks. Edward Orłowski|
|***||DO NOT SHAME JEDWABNE!||An interview with Mrs. Leokadia Blajszczak, an eyewitness to the Jedwabne tragedy, by Grazyna Dziedz|
|***||The Moral Duty of Getting at the Truth - Bishop Stanislaw Stefanek||Bishop Stanislaw Stefanek|
|***||JEDWABNE - AUSCHWITZ - SACHSENHAUSEN - Doctor Adam Cyra||dr Adam Cyra|
|***||Goldhagen for Beginners: A Comment on Jan T. Gross's Neighbors||Prof. Norman G. Finkelstein|
|***||Jedwabne - Polish massacre of innocent Jews? - by Robert Strybel||Robert Strybel|
|Antipolish campaign continues correspondence from Belgium||Christopher Skotnicki|
|***||Diffrent versions of crime - MJO||MJO|
|***||Another "Rush to Judgment" ?||Mirosława Zawadzka|
|***||MORE "BIRDS"? - T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert||T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert|
|***||"LIVING IN POLONIA" - LET THE PREYING BEGIN! - T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert||T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert|
|CONFRONTATION AMONG "NEIGHBORS" By T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert||T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert|
|***||SOME SENSE AMONG CHAOS by T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert||T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert|
|***||Documents found in the archives in Ludwigsburg - PAP, "Donosy"||PAP|
|***||Secrets in the archives - Wojciech Kamiński, pap||Wojciech Kamiński, pap|
|***||Why didn't Gross come to Jedwabne? - K.A.I.||KAI|
|***||New findings in Jedwabne investigation - Radio ZET||Radio ZET|
|***||UNKNOWN DOCUMENTS FROM THE LOMZA ARCHIVES||Mikołaj Wójcik|
|**||IT WAS PART OF A GERMAN-PLANNED ROUND OF EXECUTIONS - Aneta Gryczka||Aneta Gryczka|
|***||Grave next to the barn (2 x 5 Meters) - Grzegorz Konczewski||Grzegorz Kończewski|
|***||Poland Exhumes 200 Jewish Victims of 1941 Massacre||Reuters|
|Jewish grave controversy deepens - By Ray Furlong in Prague, Czech Republic, BBC News||Ray Furlong|
|**||Answer to the anti-Polish venom contained in the article "Poland's willing executioners"by George Steiner.||Krzysztof Janiewicz|
|**||The Statement of Jozef Cardinal Glemp The Roman Catholic Primate of Poland||Cardinal Jozef Glemp|
|Polish historians question credibility of witnesses cited in 1941 pogrom book - BBC||BBC|
|*||Quiet Over This Grave - Lech Walesa||Lech Walesa|
|*||In a shadow of Jedwabne - dr hab. Paweł Machcewicz||dr hab. Paweł Machcewicz|
|*||The President of IPN has already passed his judgment - KWM, PAP||KWM, PAP|
|Search in the aim to localise the exact place where the Jedwabne tragedy did happen - PAP||PAP|