2012 Global Seminars
Jews in the 20th Century—Before, during, and after the Holocaust
KRAKÓW, POLAND, JUNE 11 – JULY 20
Jan Gross is Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society and a professor of history at Princeton University. He studies modern Europe, focusing on comparative politics, totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, Soviet and East European politics, and the Holocaust. A prolific author in both English and Polish, Gross’s book Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland (2001 reconstructs the events that took place in July 1941 in the small Polish town of Jedwabne, where virtually every one of the town’s 1,600 Jewish residents was killed in a single day. Using eyewitness testimony Professor Gross demonstrates that the Jews of Jedwabne were murdered by their Polish neighbors "not by the German occupiers, as previously assumed.” The shocking story occasioned an unprecedented reevaluation of Jewish-Polish relations during World War II and touched off passionate debate. In 2004 many of the Polish voices in this debate were published in translation in a collection, The Neighbors Respond. His most recent book, coauthored with Irena Grudzinska Gross, Golden Harvest (2011), explores the plunder of Jews by the local population in Nazi-occupied Europe.