Cenckiewicz and Gontarczyk do not entertain the question of whether SB pres- . and Gontarczyk should have been more nuanced in judging anti-Communist. Sławomir Cenckiewicz and Piotr Gontarczyk, SB a Lech Wałęsa: Przyczynek do biografii [The SB and Lech Wałęsa: A Contribution toward a. Sławomir Cenckiewicz and Piotr Gontarczyk, SB a Lech Wałęsa: Przyczynek do biografii [The SB and Lech Wałęsa: A Contribution toward a Biography].

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Piotr Gontarczyk

The Kaczynskis have stirred up many in Poland by aggressively pursuing former Communist party bigwigs in the country and have long been in a running feud with Walesa. The camp around the Kaczynski twins argues that the country missed the chance to confront its secret police past, and that has led to old networks being re-established in the new Poland.

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. This article may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies. We’re historians and above all want to write about what was. According to Gontarczyk the involvement of some Jewish members in communist atrocities during the Soviet occupation can’t be used as an excuse to justify the events that happened in Jedwabne, even if this contributed to anti-Jewish violence.

We’ve come across seven such stories. However, the title itself deludes the illusion: Do you worry that your book will be politicized as part of this debate?

A number of voices have spoken out on Walesa’s behalf, including former secret police officials who say that files were routinely falsified.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. 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.

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According to Gontarczyk, this method goes against the established tools of historic craftsmanship, where every statement should be judged objectively. We provide clear evidence in our book including registration cards, notations, notes from the secret police and reports from the so-called informant “Bolek.

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. Poles have long been discussing how the fall of Communism should be remembered. Do we have to re-evaluate the legendary union leader’s legacy? Some of the documents have his signature, a date and gontarcyk note “I have borrowed this file.

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ggontarczyk We know the secret police’s methods, and the way the archive and registry were run — that’s how we know. But a majority still say that doesn’t diminish his accomplishments. According to Joanna MichlicGontarczyk implies Jews were responsible for anti-Jewish violence as they sought to defend themselves.

The rest were destroyed or stolen from the files. It also wasn’t our goal to destroy a legend. This phenomenon alone provides clues to their dismissive reactions toward Neighbors. Gontarczyk is married to Aneta Gontarczyk. A Contribution to a Biography. 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.

Gontarczyk, who had worked for the Military Intelligence Services verification commission, had her security clearance revoked.

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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. 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.


He led Solidarity and remains an icon. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. InWalesa won the first of several court cases against people who claimed he was a spy. The new, post-Communist secret service took note of that.

For me that’s the saddest chapter. Please help improve it by rewriting it in a balanced fashion that contextualizes different points of view.

We consider Walesa to be a national symbol. Die Homepage wurde aktualisiert. Please help by adding reliable sources. We describe the fate of people who Bolek informed on. Our book doesn’t deal with legacies. Mity, fakty, gintarczyk Pogrom?

But it’s clear that Bolek informed on more than 20 people who were later harrassed or oppressed. Gontarczyk has also studied at the Warsaw University Institute of History. He was the first freely elected head of state since World War II, but he used his office to remove incriminating secret police files. Gontarczyk criticizes Gross for giving different weight to witness statements based on their ethnicity, lack of objectivity, and treating witness statements as reliable solely on the basis if the gontarczk was a potential victim of Holocaust.

In — he worked in the office of the Commissioner for the Public Interest with its gontaeczyk commissioner, Judge Krzysztof Kauba.