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Mass murder of Jewish citizens in Jedwabne, Radziłów and other locations in the eastern Mazovia region in the summer of 1941

By prof. dr hab. Andrzej Żbikowski

On 22 June 1941, the Soviet-German war began. Within several weeks, the Germans had seized northern Mazovia, Podlasie as well as Northern and Eastern Borderlands (Kresy), areas occupied by the Soviets since 1939. The new invaders annexed these lands to Eastern Prussia as the Bialystok region. The outbreak of the Soviet-German war proved to be a turning point in World War II. This article examines the circumstances of pogroms in Jedwabne and nearby areas, which took place after they were captured by the Germans.

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