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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199731675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199731671
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2 x 14.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"lucid and chilling book" --The New Yorker

"extraordinarily powerful account" --Neal Gendler, The American Jewish World

"[Golden Harvest] is a remarkable, stunning work." --Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star

"Starting from a disturbed posed photograph of paesant gleaners in search of "post-Jewish" gold in the soil of Treblinka death camp, Jan Tomasz Gross and Irena Grudzinska Gross have created in this profoundly moving volume a chilling, sometimes shocking, passionate, and yet always balanced examination of the extent to which plunder of Jewish possesion was often a communal enterprise in wartime and post-war Poland." --Madeline G. Levine, Kenan Professor of Slavic Literatures Emerita, University of North Carolina

"Jan and Irena Gross guide us expertly through the "Heart of Darkness" that was wartime Poland. Using a single, deeply disturbing photograph, this book captures brilliantly the whole terrifying rapaciousness of Polish -- and European -- society as the Jews face the specter of elimination." --Norman M. Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies, Stanford University

About the Author

Jan Gross is Professor of Politics and European Studies at New York University. He is the author of Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, a National Book Award finalist. Irena Grudzinska Gross is Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, at Princeton University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marv Givertz on July 24 2012
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This book is of the quality that one expects from Jan Gross.It is "bone and muscle" fat; nothing extraneous; unvarnished .Despite having read earlier works of this nature,I was devastated by motives and methods described by the authors
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Must read March 20 2013
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This is a book everyone should be required to read. It illustrates the effects on the human spirit of war, hatred, greed and cruelty. I think that is a lesson that is very apt for the times we are living in now, with it's glorification of greed and selfishness. This story is not about the Poles or the Ukrainians, or even about the Nazis. It is about people. It is about the depths to which we all can sink given the right circumstances.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An amazing and at the same time grizzly story told about ... Aug. 21 2014
By William H. - Published on
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An amazing and at the same time grizzly story told about one single picture taken after the fact. The research is well done and the narrative is striking. Most of the research is done from Polish sources, but they are put in footnotes in both English and Polish where a researcher could follow up for themselves. Waivered just a bit from the original premise in certain sections, but right on point all of the time.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Jan Gross has now hit a Triple May 9 2013
By Jay A. Frogel - Published on
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This is Jan Gross' third short book about the treatment of Polish Jews in Poland by the rest of the population during WW II and its aftermath. It's not a pretty picture. His other two books are "Neighbors" and "Fear". The focus of the books is confined to the expression of anti-semitism by the non-Jewish Poles - much of it extremely, violent, brutal, inhumane, and barbarous. It is important to keep this seemingly narrow focus in mind since many of the other reviewers deeply disliked this book as well as the other two by Jan Gross on the grounds, at least as they expressed it, that it (they) are so one-sided. For a more complete picture of, say, the Warsaw ghetto uprisings, the, acts of kindness expressed by some (too few unfortunately) non-Jewish Poles to their Jewish countrymen, etc one needs to turn elsewhere. But in this book and in his other two Gross presents a largely horrific picture of what the Polish Jews suffered not from the Nazi oppressors, but from their fellow Polish citizens. These are important books to read, well written and well researched. As Timothy Snyder pointed out in a review of this book and several others in the New York Review of Books in 2012 December, the contrast with these acts and what present day Poland has become after getting rid of the Communist government is remarkable. I have given a more detailed discussion of Gross' book and Snyder's review of it in a response I posted on 2013 May 8 to a review by "lawyerguy" that was posted in December of 2012. I will repeat one point here from my longer comments that is also important to bear in mind when reading the negative reviews that Gross' books have elicited: Because of Nazi policy the consequences of being caught aiding Jews in Poland could be fatal. But the point that Gross makes repeatedly, is that if Poles did NOTHING, that would have been far better than the SOMETHING that many of them did do, namely the violence, brutality, etc toward their Jewish compatriots.
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Five Stars July 17 2014
By Harvey A. Kaplan - Published on
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Very insightful book that treats the subject of Polish complacency with the Germans
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Atrocities Suffered by Polish Jews during World War II May 31 2015
By Dr. Jerrold Katz - Published on
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This was an excellent description of the behavior of many Polish people towards the Polish Jewish population during World War II. The book is well written and provides a thorough description of the atrocities suffered by the Jewish population in Poland during World War II. It provides descriptions of individual incidents rather than a broad brush description.