Wednesday, December 29, 2021

"Poland is the land of death": "Memory and Neighborhood: Poles and Poland in Jewish-American Fiction after WW II" by Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich


Lucyna Aleksandrowicz Pedich published her book "Memory and Neighborhood: Poles and Poland in Jewish American Fiction after World War II" with Peter Lang in 2013. Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia reviewed the book in 2016 and blog reader Jerzy Pankiewicz kindly shared the review with me.
The review will not surprise anyone who has read "Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype" or this blog. "Poland" is "the land of death" as the review states. Poland is "the site of Jewish extermination." Poland is conflated with other Eastern European nations, including Ukraine and Russia, and anything bad that happened in those lands is used against Poland. Poles are "primitive, strong, savage, cruel, and dishonest."
You can read the review here.

By the way, the book has no Amazon reviews. I hope this blog post inspires someone to order the book and review it. 


  1. I have reviewed this book a long time ago:

    1. Regarding your review - you describe laws imposed in the General Gouvernement. Even one German man has been punished with death there. I do not know which laws existed in annexed Sosnowiec.

    2. Hello Mr Pankiewicz,

      I know about one case when a German was killed for helping Jews. It happened in Kraków, and the German in question was mistaken for a Pole. Bad luck.
      As a rule Germans were not killed for helping Jews.

    3. The case is described by Musiał He does not say "mistaken".


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