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The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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“The Crime and the Silence is an astonishing act of investigation and documentation . . . A terrifying and necessary book, unsparing in its detail, but deeply heartening as an act of historical reclamation.” ―Julian Barnes
“Bikont combines the persistence and energy of a journalist with the humanity and care of a poet.” ―Timothy Snyder
“A daring exposure . . . Bikont's fearless research-she even confronted the brothers known to have led the Jedwabne murders-makes this a fantastic book. It was first published in Poland in 2004, and the European Book Prize it won in 2011 (for the French version) should be only the first of many awards for this significant work.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Bikont has performed an extraordinary journalistic feat in documenting this terrible, historically contested atrocity.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Bikont's unflinching assessment of the anti-Semitism that is endemic even now in Poland will appeal not only to those with an interest in Polish-Jewish relations but anyone curious about the difficult process of a country coming to terms with its history of violence against a minority.” ―Library Journal
“The quality of [Bikont’s] journalism is something very special. An extraordinary interviewer, she developed relationships with the most unlikely cast of characters.” ―Marci Shore, The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Anna Bikont is a journalist for the Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s main newspaper, which she helped found in 1989. For her articles on the crimes in Jedwabne and nearby Radzilów, she was honored with several awards, including the Press Prize for reportage in 2001 and the Polityka Prize for historical writing. In 2011 she received the European Book Prize for the French edition of The Crime and the Silence. In 2008–2009, Bikont was a fellow at the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library. Alissa Valles is the author of Orphan Fire and the editor and cotranslator of Zbigniew Herbert’s Collected Poems 1956–1998 and Collected Prose 1948–1998.