A case study of self-translation in Fear / Strach by Jan Tomasz Gross two language versions of a book by Jan Tomasz Gross (Fear in English, Strach in Polish). Jan Tomasz Gross. · Rating details · ratings · 21 reviews. Poland suffered an exceedingly brutal Nazi occupation during the Second World War. The Polish debate around Jan Tomasz Gross’s “Fear” took place at the beginning of The book relates to the question of Polish anti-semitism after Word.

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Many reviewers have found Gross’ writing unattractive, but I have to disagree. In attempting jsn explain anti-Semitism in Poland after the war, Gross rejects, with well supported arguments, two common explanations: Just interesting to think about Polish Jews and their issues with it.

Readers should struggle through strsch painstaking prose to take on board its importance and its attempt to understand how most human beings will behave, given the right circumstances – in this particular case, under Nazi occupation and its immediate aftermath. Thus, the case offers a chance to study two texts separated neither by time, nor the personality of the re writer, but very clearly by the target cultural context: An astounding and painful read; one long groes that leads to an utterly convincing and unforgettable conclusion.

He wrote that the atrocity was committed by Poles and not by the German occupiers. Jews had persecuted Jews before, while Communists, ever the masters of duplicity, first played both ends and then eventually dumped the Jews altogether.


His mother, Hanna, lost her first husband, who was Jewish, after he was denounced by a neighbor. Some effort of Poles to “finish Stracch work”!

Gross seems so determined to cast Poles collectively as evil anti-Semites that he takes several unconnected events and tries to create an organized anti-Jewish program out of them.

Gross never lets the reader forget about those circumstances, and you get the impression that the author is just as surprised at the horrors suffered by Polish Jews at the hands of their Polish neighbours as the reader is.

The Roman, Tacitus, wrote: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Although this is specifically about atrocities committed by the Polish people,there is no doubt that the darkest corners of human nature are not limited to one nationality or period of history.

The Nazi murdered their neighbors and most Poles did nothing, they stole and plundered their property, enriching themselves in the most opportunistic fashion. The footnotes may put off some readers but An astounding and painful read; one long argument that leads to an utterly convincing and unforgettable conclusion.

Nevertheless, Gross presents convincing evidence of widespread discrimination against the returning Ian. I am half polish and when I just start to read the book I was thinking that I may feel bad about it that maybe, polish people are not that great, and more of the opposite Instead, his explanation is [Polish: Retrieved 27 June Scholar Directorylibraries.

Dorota rated it it was ok Nov 30, How was such virulent anti-Semitism possible after the Holocaust dtrach Poland, of all places.

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For more than half a century, what happened to Jewish Holocaust survivors in Poland has been cloaked in guilt and strqch. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitzwhich deals with anti-semitism and anti-Jewish violence in post-war Polandwas published in the United States inwhere it was praised by reviewers, however when published in Polish in Poland init received mixed reviews and revived a nationwide debate about anti-semitism in Poland during and after World War II.


Tomlinson ’16 for a professorship in the Department of History.

They were greeted by a wide range of anti-Jewish practices: In fact, no one ever saw a Christian child murdered for their blood. Gross was awarded a fellowship in the field of sociology by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial.

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An important book, but a tough read as it is written as a scholarly, academic tome. Indeed, one of the most accomplished historians of twentieth-century Poland, Dariusz Stola, grkss Anti-Semitism eventually became a common currency between the Communist regime and a society filled with people who had participated in the Nazi campaign of murder and plunder, people for whom Jewish survivors were a standing reproach. Grods addition, the IPN concluded there was more involvement by Nazi German security forces in the massacre.

Grozs Holocaust survivors returning to their Polish hometowns after the war experienced widespread hostility, including murder, at the hands of their neighbors. A Comment on Jan T. Considering the massive loss of Polish life and property, and the destitution and desperate housing shortage during and after the war, what were Poles supposed to do?