In Justice behind the Iron Curtain, Gabriel N. Finder and Alexander V. Prusin examine Poland's role in prosecuting Nazi German criminals during the first decade and a half of the postwar era. Finder and Prusin contend that the Polish trials of Nazi war criminals were a pragmatic political response to postwar Polish society and Poles' cravings for vengeance against German Nazis. Although characterized by numerous inconsistencies, Poland's prosecutions of Nazis exhibited a fair degree of due process and resembled similar proceedings in Western democratic counties.
The authors examine reactions to the trials among Poles and Jews. Although Polish-Jewish relations were uneasy in the wake of the extremely brutal German wartime occupation of Poland, postwar Polish prosecutions of German Nazis placed emphasis on the fate of Jews during the Holocaust.
Justice behind the Iron Curtain is the first work to approach communist Poland's judicial postwar confrontation with the legacy of the Nazi occupation. "...this book enables readers not only to get accustomed with a description of postwar retribution in Poland but also to grasp various political, social, and psychological factors that influenced the internal situation in Poland after 1945...Finder and Prusin have prepared a solid, well-documented, and objective book that deserves recognition and praise." -- H-Poland * Lukasz Jasinski, Muzeum Miasta Gdyni, Poland * "Gabriel N. Finder and Alexander V. Prusin's Justice Behind the Iron Curtain
is an exhaustively researched volume that makes an important contribution to the scholarship on postwar justice and Holocaust-related trials." -- Natalie Belsky, University of Minnesota Duluth * Austrian Studies Newsmagazine, vol 31, no 1, Spring '19 * "Finder and Prusin have prepared a solid, well-documented, and objective book that deserves praise and recognition." -- Lukasz Jasinski * H-Net Reviews (H-Poland) *
Justice Behind the Iron Curtain