Institute Of Jewish Affairs

Published by London; Institute Of Jewish Affairs In Association With The World Jewish Congress, 1968
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Original Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 79 pages. 22 cm. First edition. "Prepared for the Institute by Lucjan Blit. " Lucjan Blit (1904-1978) was born in Warsaw but left Poland during the Second World War and after 1943 lived in Britain. He worked as a journalist and later as a lecturer becoming lecturer in East European political institutions at SSEES 1973-1977 and the London School of Economics and Political Science 1970-1977. He was a member of the Bund in Poland and during the war while in Britain, and is known for his comprehensive history on the origins of Polish Socialism. This pamphlet offers a detailed political and social history of the 1967-68 "anti-zionist" campaign in Poland, with its attendant anti-semitism. The immediate context was the March Events in Poland: "The Polish 1968 political crisis pertains to the major student and intellectual protest action against the government of the People's Republic of Poland. The crisis resulted in the suppression of student strikes by security forces in all major academic centres across the country and the subsequent repression of the Polish dissident movement, as well as a mass emigration following the ‘anti-Zionist’ campaign waged by General Secretary Wladyslaw Gomulka. The protests coincided with the events of Prague spring in neighboring Czechoslovakia – raising new hopes of democratic reforms among the intelligentsia – and culminated in the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia on 20 August 1968. The government's anti-Jewish campaign began already in 1967. It was a well-orchestrated response to the Soviet withdrawal of all diplomatic relations with Israel after the Six Day War – with factory workers across Poland forced to publicly denounce Zionism. The subsequent purges within the communist party, led by Interior Minister Mieczyslaw Moczar and his faction, failed to topple Gomulka's government, but resulted in an actual expulsion from Poland of thousands of individuals of Jewish ancestry, including professionals, party officials and the secret police functionaries blamed "for a major part, if not all, of the crimes and horrors of the Stalinist period. " Before the end of 1971, 12, 927 Poles of Jewish origin emigrated. " (From "1968 Polish political crisis" page on Wikipedia) Subjects: Antisemitism - Poland. Light shelf wear. Very good condition. (HOLO2-99-33) Xx. Bookseller Inventory #

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Publisher: London; Institute Of Jewish Affairs In Association With The World Jewish Congress
Publication Date: 1968
Binding: Paperback

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