The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
and the Program in Judaic Studies
Conversation with Anna Bikont, author of THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne
Anna Bikont is a journalist for Gazeta Wyborcza, the main newspaper in Poland, which she helped found in 1989. For her articles on the crimes of Jedwabne and Radzilów, she was honored in 2001 with Poland's most prestigious award in journalism, the Press Prize. In 2011 she received the European Book Prize for Le crime et le silence, the French version of the book. In 2008 and 2009, Bikont was a Cullman Fellow of the New York Public Library.
Alissa Valles is a poet and the cotranslator of the collected poems and prose of Zbigniew Herbert, as well as the translator of other modern Polish poets, including Aleksander Wat, Miron Bialoszewski, and Ryszard Krynicki.
THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont is a riveting book about historical memories. When it won the European Book Prize in 2011, Julian Barnes, the committee’s chairperson, wrote: “The committee voted unanimously for Bikont’s [book] in the first round.” As he recalled, “It was one of the most chilling books any of us had ever read.” It is now finally going to be available in English, translated by Alissa Valles.
Monday, October 26, 4:30 PM in 245 East Pyne