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The crime and the silence : a quest for the truth of a wartime massacre

Bikont, Anna2016
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In July 1941, just weeks after the Germans invaded Russia, the Jewish population of a small Polish town - hundreds of men, women and children - were ordered out of their homes, and forced into a barn. The barn was then set on fire. Anyone attempting to escape, or found in hiding, was quickly killed. The story soon spread that the massacre was organised and executed by Nazi paramilitary forces. It seemed to fit. Similar atrocities had taken place in nearby villages - although none of this scale. But the truth was very different. Over the course of the twentieth century fragments of the real story began to surface. It emerged that the perpetrators of the act were in fact the Polish villagers, who, on one afternoon, turned on and killed their Jewish neighbours. But why?
Main title:
The crime and the silence : a quest for the truth of a wartime massacre / Anna Bikont ; translated from the Polish by Alissa Valles.
Author:
Bikont, Anna, authorValles, Alissa, translator
Imprint:
London : Windmill Books, 2016.
Collation:
ix, 544 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Notes:
Includes index.This translation originally published: London: William Heinemann, 2015.
ISBN:
9780099592525 (pbk)
Dewey class:
940.531844940.531940.531844 BIK
Language:
EnglishPolish
BRN:
2360295
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