The Destruction of 'shtetl Grice'
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This article discusses the history of the annihilation of 'sztetl Grice' (pol. Grójec), a Polish-Jewish town in Central Poland. In the first part of the article, the authoress describes the tragedy of the Jewish inhabitants of this small town: the creation and the destruction of the Jewish ghetto and the hardships undergone by those who lived there, and who were subsequently deported to the Warsaw ghetto. The history of the Grójec prisoners of the work camps in Skarzysko-Kamienna, Smolensk and Slomczyn are equally examined. In the second part of the article, the authoress analyses the Jewish-Polish relations in the occupied Grójec. She distinguishes two stages of these relations; the break between these two would have occured, she argues, at the time of deportation of the Jewish inhabitants of the town in February 1942 to the Warsaw ghetto. This event marked the beginning of the transformation of the sztetl Gritze into Judenrein, in which, up to now, the common Jewish-Polish past has been virtually non-existent/ obliterated.
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