A Shell. Critical Reading of Mirosław Tryczyk’s Miasta Śmierci Cover Image
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Wydmuszka. Lektura krytyczna Miast śmierci Mirosława Tryczyka
A Shell. Critical Reading of Mirosław Tryczyk’s Miasta Śmierci

Author(s): Krzysztof Persak
Subject(s): Social history, Studies in violence and power, Fascism, Nazism and WW II, History of Antisemitism
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: Holocaust; Jedwabne; pogroms; academic critique; academic dishonesty; plagiarism; Mirosław Tryczyk;

Summary/Abstract: The author deconstructs Mirosław Tryczyk’s monograph entitled Miasta śmierci. Sąsiedzkie pogromy Żydów [Towns of death. Pogroms of Jews organized by their neighbors]. This book on the anti-Jewish violence inflicted by Poles in the Białystok region in 1941 was received as revealing and innovative. It gained prominence in the media and a favorable reception in the intellectual milieus, and eminent scholars opined it as excellent. Eventually, however, it proved a cognitively reproductive work lacking professional research methodology and formulating theses unable to withstand scholarly criticism. Using the case of Tryczyk’s book’s popularity, Persak inquires about the condition of scholarly criticism and the quality of the public debate in Poland.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 357-374
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish