Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 21 : 1968 Forty Years After

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 21 : 1968 Forty Years After

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In the mid-1960s, public opinion in Poland turned against the Gomulka regime for a variety of reasons. In an attempt to regain public support and divert attention from the real problems, Gomulka adopted an antisemitic stance. On 19 March 1968 he delivered a speech to party activists in which he divided Jews into three categories: 'patriotic Jews', 'Zionists', and those who were neither Jews nor Poles but 'cosmopolitans', who should 'avoid those fields of work where the affirmation of nationality is indispensable'. In consequence, nearly 15,000 Jews-a very large part of Poland's Jewish community-left for Israel, western Europe, and North America, effectively ending Jewish life in the country for over a decade. The events of 1968 were long ignored by scholars but in recent years their importance in the process which led to the collapse of communism has become increasingly evident. This volume illuminates the events that triggered the crisis, the crisis itself, and its consequences. Diffe

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Hardcover, Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008, ISBN13 9781904113614, ISBN10 1904113613
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