Natalia Aleksiun: Christian Corpses for Christians!Dissecting the Anti-Semitism behind the Cadaver Affair of the Second Polish Republic
Natalia Aleksiun Touro College, New York Christian Corpses for Christians! Dissecting the Anti-Semitism behind the Cadaver Affair of the Second Polish Republic Author’s Note: I would like to thank Professor Antony Polonsky of Brandeis University for his comments when the paper was first presented at the Interna- tional Conference, “The Holocaust in Poland,” held at Princeton University in October 2010. Professor Anna Maria Orla-Bukowska of Jagiellonian University and Professors Marion Kaplan and Hasia Diner of New York University read and commented on an early draft of the article. Last but not least, I am grateful to Professor Theodore Weeks of Southern Illinois University, Professor Gen- nady Estraikh of New York University, and Dagmara Harezga of Jagiellonian University for sharing their notes and references. On 12 March 1930, a crowd of students from Warsaw’s institutions of higher education attacked Jewish medical students at the Institute of Anatomy, drag- ging them out of the dissecting room, throwing them down the stairs, and for- cing them out of the building. Several Jewish students suffered serious inju- ries as a result of the incident, which ended with an anti-Jewish rally.1 Throughout the 1930s, university campuses in Lvov, Cracow, and Vilno wit- nessed similar scenes of brutality against both male and female Jewish stu- dents. On one occasion, a female Jewish student was taken to a well, where Christian students poured cold water on her and then threw her into the street with her clothes torn.2 These incidents shared as their underlying theme a widespread...
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