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Book event: Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold?

Sat, May 12, 2012, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

You are cordially invited to a book event for 

Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold?

Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz

Pawel Styrna

Saturday, May 12
2:00-4:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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This event is sponsored by the  Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP.   

Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold?IWP Professor and holder of the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies, Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, and  Kościuszko Chair Assistant Pawel Styrna have published a new study, co-edited with Dr. Wojciech Jerzy Muszyński from Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance, on the Holocaust in Poland.

Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold? 
rejects the pop-cultural-cum-post-modernist image of a Polish Christian benefiting from the Holocaust and, instead, recognizes a variety of nuanced attitudes of the gentiles toward the great Jewish tragedy. There were a few who harmed the Jews, while reaping a “golden harvest” from the Jewish misfortune. The majority was cowed into inaction by fear of the Nazis. There were also others who assisted Jewish fugitives – both actively and passively – at a time when even the failure to report the presence of a Jew nearby might have cost one and one’s family their lives. However, neither a “golden harvest” nor “hearts of gold” were the norm. Pathologies and heroism never are. The reality was much more nuanced and involved a variety of attitudes. The conclusions of Chodakiewicz’s team were the results of careful primary source research. 

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Wojciech Jerzy Muszynski, and Pawel Styrna, Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold? Studies on the Fate of Wartime Poles and Jews (Washington, DC: Leopolis Press, 2012).

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