Abstract/Details

Thou shalt not kill: The impact of the Jedwabne affair on Polish perceptions of history and concepts of responsibility and redemption

Karpinski, Maciej Mark. 
 Carleton University (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2006. MR18274.

Abstract (summary)

This thesis examines the impact of the Jedwabne Affair on Polish perceptions of mythology, responsibility, and redemption within public opinion. The Jedwabne Affair was a national controversy sparked by the publication of Neighbours. In it, author Jan Tomasz Gross describes a massacre of Jews in the town of Jedwabne by their Polish compatriots on July 10, 1941. This reality did not conform to Polish perceptions of history or mythology, which largely presented a victimized, honourable, noble, righteous, and innocent Pole incapable of committing such atrocities. The Jedwabne revelation debased Polish identity and precipitated a national debate that strove to reinstate a coherent narrative back into its mythology. The public's response varied and over time became increasingly polarized. The State and the Church were also involved vying for control of the fallout from the controversy. The result contributed to a stronger division between two ancient forms of Polish identity.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology;
Ethnic studies
Classification
0631: Ethnic studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Jan Tomaz Gross
Title
Thou shalt not kill: The impact of the Jedwabne affair on Polish perceptions of history and concepts of responsibility and redemption
Author
Karpinski, Maciej Mark
Number of pages
186
Degree date
2006
School code
0040
Source
MAI 45/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-494-18274-1
University/institution
Carleton University (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MR18274
ProQuest document ID
305352738
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/305352738/fulltextPDF