The Crime and the Silence Anna Bikont
On 10 July 1941 a horrifying crime was committed in the small Polish town of Jedwabne. early in the afternoon, the town’s Jewish population – hundreds of men, women and children- wer ordered out of their home and marhced into the town square. By the en of the day most would be dead. It was a massacre on a shocking scal, and one that was widely condemned. But only afew people were brought to justice for their part in the atrocity. The truth of what actually happenned on hat day was to be suppressed for more than sixty years. Part history, part memoir, part investigation, The Crime and the Silence is an awrd-winnig journalist’s account of the events of that day: both the story of a massacre old through oral hisories of survivors and witnesses, and a portrait of a Polish town coming to terms with its dark past.