Judenjagd, hunt for the Jews, was the German term for the organized searches for Jews who, having survived ghetto liquidations and deportations to death camps in Poland in 1942, attempted to hide "on the Aryan side". Jan Grabowski's penetrating microhistory tells the story of the Judenjagd in Dabrowa Tarnowska, a rural county in southeastern Poland, where the majority of the Jews in hiding perished as a consequence of betrayal by their Polish neighbors. Drawing on materials from Polish, Jewish, and German sources created during and after the war, Grabowski documents the involvement of the local Polish population in the process of detecting and killing the Jews who sought their aid. Through detailed reconstruction of events, this close-up account of the fates of individual Jews casts a bright light on a little-known aspect of the Holocaust in Poland.
"This important, often disturbing, exploration of how genocides happen is… enriched by the author's clear compassion for those who were compromised or lost." (
"Here is an absolutely essential addition to any Holocaust library or a read for anyone interested in Polish-Jewish relations." ( AJL Reviews)
"Recommended for all serious Holocaust collections." ( Library Journal)
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Well researched history.
I would choose someone who would take the time to learn how to pronounce the names of the villages and towns. Everytime he murdered a pronunciation, it made me wince. I suppose it probably doesn't bother someone who isn't aware. However, I believe it shows a lack of respect to the story and the Polish language.
I live a village near Tarnów, so this book held personal interest for me. (I am not from Poland originally.) I've been to many of the towns and villages mentioned. This book is held in contempt by many here. It is considered by some to be misinformed, and by others to be a down right lie. I found it to be thought provoking and revealing. It is not an easy listen, nor should it be. The repeated citations and quotations are needed to justify to the listener that this is a book based on research, not simply repeated memories and wishful myths. World War Two wasn't a black and white, good guys-bad guys situation. There was a lot of grey, and that grey was deadly.