Pogroms in Modern Poland, 1918-1946

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Poland's era of independence between the two world wars was bookended by waves of pogroms. The first section of this chapter concerns the more than 130 pogroms of 1918-1921; many of them initiated by Polish military troops as they entered towns and cities of the new Poland. The second section concerns the pogroms of 1935-1937 instigated by right-wing nationalists, the most infamous being the Przytyk pogrom of March 9, 1936. Both pogrom waves should be conceived as a part of a larger construct of shifting economic and political relations rather than as isolated events or simple manifestations of antisemitism. The final section reveals the post World War II pogroms (1945-1946) as adhering to a similar pattern, though exacerbated by prior Nazi occupation and genocide and the postwar communist takeover.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPogroms
Subtitle of host publicationA Documentary History
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780190060084
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • antisemitism
  • Endecja
  • Holocaust
  • interwar Poland
  • Judeo-Bolshevism
  • Kielce pogrom
  • Lwów pogrom
  • pogrom
  • Przytyk pogrom
  • ritual murder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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