Just in time to celebrate its publication yesterday, THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont has received THREE starred reviews:

“Polish journalist Bikont undertakes a thorough follow-up to Polish-American historian Jan Gross’s 2001 book NEIGHBORS, about the July 1941 pogrom in the rural eastern Polish town of Jedwabne. Bikont has performed an extraordinary journalistic feat in documenting this terrible, historically contested atrocity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Bikont’s fearless research—she even confronted the brothers known to have led the Jedwabne murders—makes this a fantastic book. It was first published in Poland in 2004, and the European Book Prize it won in 2011 (for the French version) should be only the first of many awards for this significant work.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Bikont’s unflinching assessment of the anti-Semitism that is endemic even now in Poland will appeal not only to those with an interest in Polish-Jewish relations but anyone curious about the difficult process of a country coming to terms with its history of violence against a minority.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The quality of [Bikont’s] journalism is something very special. An extraordinary interviewer, she developed relationships with the most unlikely cast of characters.”
The Wall Street Journal

THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE is now available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 

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