Was This Polish Mayor Righteous Among the Nations or Nazi Collaborator? Court Will Decide

A history book referring to the role of a Polish mayor – in saving or murdering Jews – has triggered a libel suit that is testing freedom of speech and being closely watched in the academic world

Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet

Is a man who was the mayor of a Polish village during World War II a Righteous Among the Nations who saved Jews, or a collaborator with the Germans, who caused Jews to be murdered? Or perhaps both? A Polish court will have to decide next month on this sensitive and explosive issue, as part of an unprecedented libel suit filed against two senior historians, due to a history book that they co-authored.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage

Flame and smoke rise during an Israeli air strike, amid Israel-Gaza fighting, in Gaza City August 6, 2022.

Israel Should End Gaza Operation Now, if It Can