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The local populations and persecution of Jews

Seminar questions:

Why did the Jedwabne Gentiles set out to kill their Jewish neighbors?

What was the role of the Germans in Jedwabne?

What was the leeway of Grabowski's elders, night watches, and firefighters in the hunt of the Jews?

Core readings:

Jan Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne Poland (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).

Jan Grabowski, “Rural Society and the Jews in Hiding: Elders, Nights Watches, Firefighters, Hostages and Manhunts,” Yad Vashem Studies 40 (2012). Bergen, pp. 119-127.

Extended readings:

Natalia Aleksiun, Intimate violence: Jewish testimonies on victims and perpetrators in Eastern Galicia, Holocaust Studies 23:1-2 (2017), pp. 17-33.

Omer Bartov, Anatomy of a genocide: The life and death of a town called Buczacz (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018).

Max Bergholz, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016).

Martin Dean, Collaboration in the Holocaust: Crimes of the Local Police in Belorussia and Ukraine,

1941–1944 (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000).

Barbara Engelking, “Murdering and Denouncing Jews in the Polish Countryside, 1942–1945,” East

European Politics and Societies 25, no. 3 (2011): 433–456.

Alexander Korb, "Understanding Ustaša violence," Journal of Genocide Research 12, 1 (2010).

Wendy Lower, Nazi Empire Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (Chapel Hill: University of

North Carolina Press, 2005).

Shimon Redlich, Together and apart in Brzezany: Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians, 1919-1945 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000).

Jacques Sémelin, The survival of the Jews in France, 1940-44 (London: Hurst, 2018).

Joanna Tokarska-Bakir, "The Unrighteous Righteous and the Righteous Unrighteous," Dapim 24,1 (2010), pp. 11-63.

James Ward, Priest, Politician, Collaborator : Jozef Tiso and the Making of Fascist Slovakia (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013).

Anton Weiss-Wendt, Murder without Hatred: Estonians and the Holocaust (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009).