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According to Joanna MichlicGontarczyk implies Jews were responsible for anti-Jewish violence as they sought to defend themselves. Mity, fakty, dokumenty Pogrom? The Road to Power, Piotr Gontarczyk studied journalism and political science at Warsaw Universityin receiving a doctorate for his thesis, The Polish Workers’ Party: It also wasn’t our goal to destroy a legend.

Piotr Gontarczyk

The accusations have set off a new storm over Poland’s past. A number of voices have spoken out on Walesa’s behalf, including former secret police officials who say that files were routinely falsified. In — he worked in the office of the Commissioner for the Public Interest with its deputy commissioner, Judge Krzysztof Kauba.

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Interview with Historian Slawomir Cenckiewicz ‘Positive Proof’ Lech Walesa was a Communist Spy In a new book, two Polish historians publish what they say is proof that Solidarity hero Lech Walesa collaborated with the Communist-era secret police — and tried to cover it up decades later. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Kaczynskis have stirred up many in Poland by aggressively pursuing former Communist party bigwigs in the country and have long been in a running feud with Walesa.

This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. We don’t take part in such discussions, we reject talks with politicians and we do everything possible to keep out of the political debate. In it, you and your co-author Piotr Gontarczyk claim that the hero of the Polish reform movement collaborated with the secret police in the s.


According to Gontarczyk, this method goes against the established tools of historic craftsmanship, where every statement should be judged objectively. Yet the authors of “The Secret Police and Lech Walesa,” both of whom work as historians at the government-affiliated Institute for National Remembrance, or IPN, say they have uncovered compelling new evidence that Walesa collaborated with Communist officials under the code name “Bolek. The new, post-Communist secret service took note of that.

The neutrality of this article is disputed. Do you have proof? In Gontarczyk published a book about the Przytyk pogromPogrom? Do you worry that your book will be politicized as part of this debate? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Our book doesn’t deal with legacies.

Polish-Jewish Events at Przytyk on 9 March Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.

Grosswhose book Neighbors: According to Jerzy Tomaszewski the work is a “very weird book indeed, Gontarczyk relied exclusively on Polish legal and administrative documentation, and dismissed all foreign publications, along with previous Polish ones, as propaganda, seeing Jewish and American publications as based almost exclusively on pre-war Jewish press and books published in Communist times.

This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat But it’s clear that Bolek informed on more than 20 people who were later harrassed or oppressed. It does not even mention a draft law prohibiting ritual slaughter, which a few weeks before the insurrection took place in the Sejm and was soon enacted in a relaxed form, arousing the bitterness of the Jewish community.

Somewhere, the Sejm’s anti-Semitic statements disappeared, calling for the Jews to be removed from Poland and their rights restricted. A deputy director of the IPN, Maria Dmochowksa, said publicly the book was part of a witch-hunt and shouldn’t be published under the institute’s name.

Assuming for a moment that Walesa was in fact Bolek as you allege, how much damage did he do? We’ve also found evidence from the Bolek file cited in other files.


Gontarczyk’s views on the Jedwabne pogrom, as those of similar Polish historians, were cited by the extreme nationalist Polish press as the chief historical authorities on the pogrom and Gross’s book. According to Tomaszewski this rejection was irrational and wrong, proving insufficient knowledge.

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He led Solidarity and remains an icon. However, the title itself deludes the illusion: The claims aren’t new. While the book seemed cenckiweicz like a political indictment than a work of scholarship, it caused a major controversy in Poland. Michlic sees Gontarczyk’s work as a highly rationalized form of the entho-nationalist approach, justifying anti-Jewish gontarczyyk as a form of national defense as the Jews are not part of the Polish nation but rather an “alien and harmful nation”.

We’re historians and above all want to write about what was.

It has already sparked an intense debate. For me that’s the saddest chapter. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Polish-Jewish incidents in Przytyk, March 9, We describe the fate of people who Bolek informed on.

This article may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies.

Please help improve it by rewriting it in a balanced fashion that contextualizes different points of view. These files still had their original seals and it could be proven that they hadn’t been opened since the s. They took everything the official media said about Walesa to be a manipulation by the Communist authorities.

Gontqrczyk truth isn’t always simply black and white. Later it turned out cenckewicz of the files were returned incomplete. Retrieved from ” https: