Publisher defends book on Polish plunder of Jews

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 8, 2011 15:08

WARSAW, Poland — A Polish publisher is defending his decision to publish a book arguing that Poles plundered Jewish wealth during the Holocaust.

"Golden Harvest," by Jan Gross and Irena Grudzinska Gross, is causing a stir in Poland even before it goes on sale March 10.

It argues that Poles actively profited from Jewish persecution during World War II, challenging the widespread view in Poland that the nation, by and large, behaved honorably during the Nazi German occupation.

Henryk Wozniakowski, the head of publishing house Znak, said Tuesday that the book aims to make the public aware of "these cruel and often difficult facts."

He said it "challenges our collective memory" and is an attempt to seek some justice for the victims of the Holocaust. An edition in English also is planned.


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