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Ekshumacja, której (prawie) nie było. Prace archeologiczno-ekshumacyjne w Jedwabnem w 2001 r. i ich wyniki
The Exhumation That (Almost) Did Not Happen. The 2001 Archeological-exhumation Works at Jedwabne and Their Results

Author(s): Krzysztof Persak
Subject(s): Archaeology, Jewish studies, Studies in violence and power, Victimology, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), History of the Holocaust
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: Jedwabne; exhumation; Holocaust; pogrom; archaeology; forensic science;

Summary/Abstract: This article describes the course, scope, and results of the exhumation/archaeological excavation conducted in 2001 at the crime scene at Jedwabne and also the conclusions those works pointed to. The outcome of those works has never been presented to the public in a methodical and exhaustive way. Nevertheless, the issue of the unfinished exhumation of the victims of the 1941 pogrom of Jews constitutes one of the key elements in the revisionist current of the debate on Jedwabne. This article explains, for instance, the origin of the firearm ammunition elements found at the crime scene, the presence of which constitutes one of the fundamental arguments in the negationist discourse. The source basis for this text is mostly the files of the investigation conducted during 2000–2003 by the Białystok branch of the Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 248-275
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Polish