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Exhumation in Judaism: Theory and Practice

A chapter of the introduction to the upcoming bookJedwabne, Historia Prawdziwa, by Tomasz Sommer, Marek Jan Chodakiewicz and Ewa Stankiewicz

To exhume the victims constitutes one of the most important, cardinal keys for determining who perpetrated the mass murder in Jedwabne. No full exhumation has taken place, however. Only a preliminary one did; it was never completed. Polish authorities as well as native and foreign elites have stressed that the exhumation was halted out of respect for Judaic law, which forbids the desacralization of corpses.