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
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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.

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