My Polish Grandfather

A Dark History, with Flashes of Light

Poland was forced to take a new look at its World War II past last year after the publication of a book about a horrific massacre in one village. I looked back as well. The book, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, by Jan T. Gross (Princeton University Press, $19.95, 261 pp.), led to much soul searching in Poland and in the United States. My family argued...

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Alexander Charns is a lawyer, author, and parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, North Carolina.