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The Convent At Auschwitz

The Convent At Auschwitz
By Wladyslaw T. Bartoszewski
169 pp, Braziller, 1991

The story of the controversy, which started in 1984, over the building occupied by Carmelite nuns within the confines of the former death camp at Auschwitz, told against the background of Polish-Jewish and Catholic-Jewish relations and mutual recriminations over many years. The author, a social anthropologist and historian who is now secretary of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies at Oxford, treats his subject with admirable objectivity, is frank in his criticism of both sides and attributes the intensity of the dispute to the profound emotion evoked by the place itself, the symbol of both Polish and Jewish martyrdom.