“Why did they who had suffered and endured so much have to die?” Jewish Victims of Armed Violence in the Polish Tatra Highlands during 1945–1947 Cover Image
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„Dlaczego oni, którzy tyle przecierpieli i przetrzymali, musieli zginąć”. Żydowskie of􀏐iary zbrojnej przemocy na Podhalu w latach 1945–1947
“Why did they who had suffered and endured so much have to die?” Jewish Victims of Armed Violence in the Polish Tatra Highlands during 1945–1947

Author(s): Karolina Panz
Subject(s): History, Jewish studies, Recent History (1900 till today), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), History of Antisemitism
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: post-war period; Polish Tatra Highlands (Podhale); anti-Jewish violence; murders of Jews; Jewish orphanages; anti-communist partisans; Józef Kuraś ‘Ogień’

Summary/Abstract: This article discusses the armed anti-Jewish violence and the events connected with it, which occurred in the Polish Tatra Highlands (southern Poland) during 1945–1947. The number of Jewish victims exceeded 30, including children from Jewish orphanages. Among the perpetrators of those acts of terror were partisans from the group commanded by Józef Kuraś ‘Ogień’, which is one of the most important symbols of the anti-communist resistance. This article is based on results of a few years’ research and highly diverse sources and its main purpose is to recreate those events, with particular attention given to the victims of those acts of violence.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 33-89
  • Page Count: 57
  • Language: Polish