Court tells professors to apologise to 81-year-old woman who claims they defamed her late uncle
A court has ordered two prominent historians to apologise to an elderly woman who claimed they had defamed her late uncle over his wartime actions, in a case seen as critical to independent Holocaust research in Poland.
Events and news stories like this are deeply troubling. Alarming revisions of history are bad enough, but when they impact on scientific enquiry and research outputs, matters become truly awful.
In a civil case condemned by Jewish organisations and historians as an attack on free academic inquiry, the researchers were told to apologise for a passage in Night Without End: The Fate of Jews in Selected Counties of Occupied Poland, a 1,600-page work they co-edited, which the court said “violated Malinowski’s honour” by “providing inaccurate information”.