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The Kaczynskis have stirred gontarczyl many in Poland by aggressively pursuing former Communist party bigwigs in the country and have long been in a running feud with Walesa.

Languages Deutsch Polski Svenska Edit links. But a majority still say that doesn’t diminish his accomplishments. It does not even mention a draft law prohibiting ritual slaughter, which a few weeks before the insurrection took place in the Sejm and was soon enacted in a relaxed form, arousing the bitterness of the Jewish community.

Please help by adding reliable sources. Do you have proof? The other major claim in your book is that Walesa tried to clean out his file when he was president of Poland in the early s.

Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. Please help improve it by rewriting it in a balanced fashion that contextualizes different points of view.

But he also worked gontarzcyk the secret police under the name Bolek. A Contribution to a Biography. While the book seemed more like a political indictment than a work of scholarship, it caused a major controversy in Poland. We consider Walesa to be a national symbol.

Sławomir Cenckiewicz – Wikipedia

According to Gontarczyk, this method goes against the established tools of historic craftsmanship, where every statement should be judged objectively. Gontarczyk’s views on the Jedwabne pogrom, as those of similar Polish historians, were cited by the extreme nationalist Polish press as the chief historical authorities on the pogrom and Gross’s book.


Poles and the Holocaustabout Polish antisemitism—as an act of incompetence which may tarnish Poland’s reputation.

But it’s clear that Bolek informed on more than 20 people who were later harrassed or oppressed. According to Dorota Gntarczyk and Joanna Zylinska, Gontarczyk’s position subscribes to the “martyrological historiography” model, which sanctifies the Polish nation based on ethnicity, regardless of its actions.

The truth isn’t always simply black and white.

Interview with Historian Slawomir Cenckiewicz: ‘Positive Proof’ Lech Walesa was a Communist Spy

Walesa has also strongly denied this accusation. Do we have to re-evaluate the legendary union leader’s legacy?

In Gontarczyk published a book about the Przytyk pogromPogrom? A deputy director of the IPN, Maria Dmochowksa, said publicly the book was part of a witch-hunt and shouldn’t be published under the institute’s name. In it, you and your co-author Piotr Gontarczyk claim that the hero of the Polish reform movement collaborated with the secret police in the s. Our book doesn’t deal with legacies. The murders of the local Jewish communities by their ethnic Polish neighbors in Jedwabne and other towns in northeastern Poland go against the traditional historical conceptualization of Polish society and therefore constitute a subject that many historians are still far from willing to explore.

The new, post-Communist secret service took note of that. Walesa has emphatically denied that, and says the Bolek file is a forgery. According to a recent poll, more than 40 percent of Poles believe Walesa could have been a secret police informant. Michlic sees Gontarczyk’s work as a highly rationalized form of the entho-nationalist approach, justifying anti-Jewish violence as a form of national defense as the Jews are not part of the Polish nation but rather an “alien and harmful nation”.


According to Joanna MichlicGontarczyk implies Jews were responsible for anti-Jewish violence as they gnotarczyk to defend themselves. For me that’s the saddest chapter. Please do not remove this message ceenckiewicz conditions to do so are met. The claims aren’t new.

Later it turned out some of the files were returned incomplete.

The neutrality of this article is disputed. We’ve also found evidence from the Bolek file cited in other files. In — he worked in the office of the Commissioner for the Public Interest with its deputy commissioner, Judge Krzysztof Kauba. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Grosswhose book Neighbors: Yet the authors of “The Secret Police and Lech Walesa,” both of whom work as historians at the government-affiliated Institute for National Remembrance, or IPN, say they have uncovered compelling new evidence that Walesa collaborated with Communist officials under the code name “Bolek.

Piotr Gontarczyk – Wikipedia

He is employed by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance and specializes in the history of the Polish communist movement during World War II and in contemporary history. We’re historians and above all want to write about what was. We’ve come across seven such stories. The vast majority of Poles didn’t believe a word the authorities said.

Interview with Historian Slawomir Cenckiewicz ‘Positive Proof’ Lech Walesa was a Communist Spy In a new book, two Polish historians publish what they say is proof that Solidarity hero Lech Walesa collaborated with the Communist-era secret police — and tried to cover it up decades later.

Somewhere, the Sejm’s anti-Semitic statements disappeared, calling for the Jews to be removed from Poland and their rights restricted.