Professor Piotr Wrobel about
phrase in “Uprising” promotion.
I am looking forward to watching the mini-series entitled
“Uprising.” I have been specializing in
the Polish-Jewish history for many years and I teach it at the University of
Toronto. My seminar on the “Polish Jews
since the Partitions of Poland” is a part of the University’s Jewish Studies
Program and I hope that I will be able to discuss the series with my
students. Yet, I am surprised and
disappointed with a write-up of the film presented on the NBC website. It includes a sentence “Against impossible
odds, they [the insurgents] hold off the German army longer than the entire
country of Poland…” The Warsaw Ghetto
uprising was a tragic and heroic event but, unfortunately, from a military point
of view, it was almost completely irrelevant.
Comparing it to Poland’s contribution to World War II compromises the
series before it has been broadcast.
Piotr Wrobel Ph. D.
Associate Professor and Konstanty
Reynert Chair of Polish History
University of Toronto
Bio for Professor Wróbel
Reynert Chair of Polish Studies at the University of Toronto.
at the University of Warsaw, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan
State University at East Lansing and at the University of California at
been a visiting scholar at the Institute of European History in Mainz, at
Humboldt University in Berlin, at the Institute of Polish-Jewish Studies
at Oxford, and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in
fellow at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw 1987-1991
director 1987-1988 of a clandestine Eastern Archive, which collected
materials on the Polish people deported to the Soviet Union after
or co-authored about 50 scholarly articles and nine books, including The
Historical Dictionary of Poland, 1945-1996 published by the Greenwood
Press in 1998. Serves on the
Advisory Board of Polin: A Journal of Polish-Jewish Studies, on the
Board of Directors of the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada and
on the Governing Council of the American Association for Polish-Jewish