Jedwabne Pogrom Memorial in Jedwabne
By Contested Histories Initiative • July 2021
The Jedwabne pogrom memorial was renewed in 2001, following controversies surrounding who the perpetrators of the massacre were. This case study explores moral questions over the commemoration and memory of perpetrators, Poland’s responsibility for the slaughter, and how tragic events such as historical pogroms should be commemorated in the contemporary era. To this day the Jedwabne Memorial and its vital role in uncovering Poland’s tabooed past created a new precedent in the Polish public sphere and remains a site of contested memory that persists to this day.