- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Tra edition (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374178798
- ISBN-13: 978-0374178796
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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Anna Bikont reporter for the Gazeta Wyborcza is drawn to revisit in amazing depth the book "Neighbors" by Jan Gross which was published in 2001. He claimed that the Poles killed their neighbors the Jews with little participation of the occupying Germans. 10 July 1941 was the date and the horrific events are recounted based on various testimonies and earlier trials. The book created a furor of criticism so much so that Bikont began to investigate the events and takes the reader on a detail and painful journey through the killers, their children, the Jews and the few survivors and their children as well as the local authorities and the leaders of the Catholic church. She records an immense reservoir of anti semitism inflamed alongside deep anti Soviet hatred.
As I read I continued to look for deeds of kindness and courage which are sprinkled throughout but the enormity of the burning of some hundreds of "neighbors" plus the bestial killings along the way made it ever so depressing. If this tale is a reflection of one aspect of the human capacity for cruelty and inhumanity we all have much work to do make even a small difference.
It is not clear if this fine book will help us face history and improve our behavior.
This book is only for the tenacious and deeply drawn to trying to better understanding human or inhuman behavior.