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AJS Executive Committee supports scholars facing lawsuit in Polish court

The Executive Committee of the Association for Jewish Studies expresses its support for Professors Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski who are facing a civil lawsuit in Polish court in response to their published scholarly research, which examines the thousands of Jews who escaped into the Polish countryside during the Holocaust. The use of judicial pressure against scholars because their academic work demonstrates Polish culpability during the Holocaust goes against the core values of academic freedom. The AJS condemns the use of legal proceedings to set the bounds of academic discourse.