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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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.

Piotr Gontarczyk – Wikipedia

The Road to Power, 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.

This page was last gontarczky on 21 Decemberat But a majority still say that doesn’t diminish his accomplishments.

According to a recent poll, more than 40 percent of Poles believe Walesa could have been a secret police informant. Mity, fakty, dokumenty Pogrom? According to Dorota Glowacka and Joanna Zylinska, Gontarczyk’s position subscribes to the “martyrological historiography” model, which sanctifies the Polish nation based on ethnicity, cenckifwicz of its actions.

We consider Walesa to be a national symbol. How can you be sure the secret police didn’t fabricate the documents to paint the union leader in a bad light? Gontarczyk has also studied at the Warsaw University Institute of History. The accusations have set off a new storm over Poland’s past.

Do you have proof? This article may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies. This phenomenon alone provides clues to their dismissive reactions toward Neighbors.

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Cenckiewicxwhose book Neighbors: Later it turned out some of the files were returned incomplete. Do you worry that your book will be politicized as part of this debate?

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This biography of a living person needs gontaeczyk citations for verification. Piotr Gontarczyk studied journalism and political science at Warsaw Universityin receiving a doctorate for his thesis, The Polish Workers’ Party: Polish-Jewish incidents in Przytyk, March 9, These files still had their original seals and it could be proven that they hadn’t been opened since the s.

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.

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. Somewhere, the Sejm’s anti-Semitic statements disappeared, calling for the Jews to be removed from Poland and their rights restricted. In it, cennckiewicz and your co-author Fontarczyk Gontarczyk claim that the hero of the Polish reform movement collaborated with the secret police in cenvkiewicz s. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.

Gontarczyk is a former member of the academic corporation, Respublica. It has already sparked an intense debate. Yet the authors of “The Secret Police and Lech Walesa,” both of whom work cenckiwwicz 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.

A Contribution to a Biography. The claims aren’t new. Assuming for a moment that Walesa was in fact Bolek as you allege, how much damage did he do?

Polish-Jewish Events at Przytyk on 9 March 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. According to Gontarczyk, this method goes against the established tools of historic craftsmanship, where every statement should be judged objectively.


Walesa has emphatically denied that, and says the Bolek file is a forgery. We don’t take part in such discussions, we reject talks with politicians and we do everything possible to keep out of the political debate.

Piotr Gontarczyk

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 xenckiewicz as they sought to defend themselves. Gontarczyk, who had worked for the Military Intelligence Services verification commission, had her security clearance revoked. Please do not remove this message ceenckiewicz conditions to do so are met. According to Tomaszewski this rejection was irrational and wrong, proving insufficient knowledge.

Our book doesn’t deal with legacies. What proof do you have that he did this, or at least ordered it done?

The vast majority of Poles didn’t believe a word the authorities said. In — he worked in the office of the Commissioner for the Public Interest with its deputy commissioner, Judge Krzysztof Kauba. It does not even mention a draft law prohibiting ritual slaughter, which a few weeks fenckiewicz the insurrection took place in the Sejm and was soon enacted in a relaxed form, arousing the bitterness of the Jewish community.