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12/20/2016 Member News
Jan T. Gross to Present New Historical Research About Polish-Jewish Relations and Special Showing of Polish Film "Aftermath"

Kristen Wright
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Jan T. Gross to Present New Historical Research About Polish-Jewish Relations and Special Showing of Polish Film "Aftermath"

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The FHM Presents a Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement Lecture in Tampa and Sarasota

December 20, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] -- The Florida Holocaust Museum presents a lecture by Jan T. Gross titled "They Were Neighbors" in conjunction with the showing of the film Aftermath.

Aftermath is a 2012 Polish film inspired by Mr. Gross' historical book Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland. The film Aftermath is about a Polish man who returns home after the death of his father and unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village.

There will be two "They Were Neighbors" programs. The first program, co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa, FL and the cost to attend is $5.00. The second program, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, is free and open to the public, with donations welcome, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota, FL.

Neighbors tells the story of one summer day in 1941. In Nazi-occupied Poland, half of the population of the town Jedwabne murdered the other half-some 1,600 men, women, and children. Only seven of the town's Jews survived.

In this shocking and compelling study, historian Jan Gross pieces together eyewitness accounts as well as physical evidence into a comprehensive reconstruction of the horrific July day remembered well by locals but hidden to history. Revealing wider truths about Jewish-Polish relations, the Holocaust, and human responses to occupation and totalitarianism, Gross' investigation sheds light on how Jedwabne's Jews came to be murdered-not by faceless Nazis, but by people who knew them well.

Aftermath was written and directed by Polish director Wladyslaw Pasikowski. The inspiration for Pasikowski to write and direct the film was the controversy in Poland surrounding the 2000 publication of Gross' Neighbors. According to Gross' historical research into the 1941 Jedwabne pogrom, Polish gentiles had murdered the hundreds of Jewish residents of Jedwabne, contrary to the official history which held the Nazi occupying force accountable.

Bryan Glazer Family JCC is located at 522 N Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606. For additional information on the January 11, 2017 program at Bryan Glazer Family JCC, please visit:

Temple Beth Sholom is located at 1050 S Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237. For additional information on the January 12, 2017 program at Temple Beth Sholom, please visit:

The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

About The Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement

Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement (GHRAM) is an annual initiative of The Florida Holocaust Museum. The goal of GHRAM is to build public awareness about the current genocide in Darfur and past genocides including the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide as well as other human rights violations. Programming during GHRAM includes exhibitions, commemorative events and programs focused on public awareness.

About The Florida Holocaust Museum

One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit

The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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