This program includes a special showing of the Polish film “Aftermath”
January 9, 2017 [St. Petersburg, FL] — Jan T. Gross will be speaking in Tampa and Sarasota this week regarding new historical research about Polish-Jewish relations. This program, presented by The Florida Holocaust Museum, also includes the showing of the film Aftermath, a 2012 Polish film inspired by Gross’ historical book Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland.
Currently, the Polish government is threatening to prosecute Polish-born American historian Jan T. Gross for claiming that Poles killed more Jews than Germans during World War II. Gross, a renowned Holocaust scholar and professor at Princeton University who received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for outstanding achievement in scholarship in 1996, is now accused of “publicly insulting a nation” and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
Gross’ book Neighbors tells the story of one summer day in 1941. In Nazi-occupied Poland, half of the population of the town Jedwabne murdered the other half-some 1,600 men, women, and children. Only seven of the town’s Jews survived. The film Aftermath is about a Polish man who returns home after the death of his father and unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village.
There are two Jan T. Gross programs. The first, co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa, FL and the cost to attend is $5.00. The second, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, is free and open to the public, with donations welcome, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota, FL.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
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