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Whitewash: Poland and the Jews

01 August | 7pm | Online | free event

Poland, the epicentre of the Holocaust, began denying responsibility as soon as the Nazi atrocities ended. The nation's distortion of history continues today - with disturbing consequences. In this groundbreaking essay produced for the Jewish Quarterly, Jan Grabowski, a world-renowned Holocaust historian, examines how the government, museums, schools and state institutions became complicit in delivering a message of Polish national innocence during the Holocaust. He recounts his own experience as the victim of smears and a notorious lawsuit for questioning the complicity of Poles in the destruction of the country’s Jews and examines the far reaching consequences of Poland's historical distortions, which have been repeated and replicated worldwide to challenge the truth of the holocaust. Jan is in conversation with journalist Tanya Gold.

In partnership with Lockdown University and the Jewish Quarterly

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Jan Grabowski is a Polish-Canadian professor of history at the University of Ottawa, specialising in Jewish–Polish relations in German-occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust in Poland.  Co-founder in 2003 of the Polish Centre for Holocaust Research, in Warsaw, Poland, Grabowski is best known for his book Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland which won the Yad Vashem International Book Prize.

Tanya Gold is a freelance journalist and restaurant critic for The Spectator. She won a British Press Award in 2010 and a Foreign Press Association Award in 2015.

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