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Gross to give 40th
annual lecture

Copernicus series
to showcase variety
of lectures, films
Daily Community Culture Editor
In 1941, the Jedwabne massa-
cre occurred, which the collective
memory of Poland had held to be
the tragic death
of hundreds of Annual
Polish Jews by
German for- CpriCUS
es during the Lecture
Nazi occupa-
tion of Poland. Monday at
In 2000, histo- 5:30 p.m.
rian Jan Gross Helmut Stern
published his
landmark text Auditorium
"Neighbors: Free
The Destruc-
tion of the Jew-
ish Community in Jedwabne,
Poland", which reinvestigated the
role of non-Jewish Poles in the
massacre. Going against the grain
of national narratives of Polish
victimhood and martyrdom dur-
ing the World War II period, the
text was so controversial that it
sparked a national debate.
"When it was published ... it
was earth-shattering," said Pro-
gram Director of the Copernicus
Endowment for Polish Studies
Genevieve Zubrzycki. "I was in
Poland then and everyone was
talking about this. On the bus, in
cafes, in people's kitchen, on the
radio, on TV ... It was difficult for
a lot of people to take."
"You can say there is a Poland
before and after Jedwabne,"
Zubrzycki added. "And that does
not refer to the pogrom of '41,
but before the publication of that
book and the debate."
Monday, at 5:30 p.m., Jan Gross

will give the 40th annual Coper-
nicus Lecture, discussing his role
as both a writer of history and a
creator of history, with a text that
challenged national Polish identi-
ty. Gross, aware of the controver-
sial nature, went so far as to delay
translated publications of the text
so as to give the Polish govern-
ment time to respond.
The major response was
the creation of the Institute of
National Remembrance, which
spearheaded the reinvestigation
of the massacre. Reopening the
Jedwabne case, which had been
closed after a trial in 1949, gener-
ated heated dialogue among Pol-
ish politicians.
"(The Institute of National
Remembrance was) accused by
the right by saying, 'Why are you
studying crimes against Jews,
they were not Polish,' so taking
a very ethnic definition of the
nation," Zubrzycki said. "And
then the director of the Insti-
tute, responding taking a civic
definition, saying they were Pol-
ish citizens, they were citizens of
Poland, and therefore, this crime
was committed by Polish citi-
zens on Polish citizens."
The investigation went so far
as to examine the mass grave
at Jedwabne to determine the
actual number of deaths, which
the Chief Rabbi of Poland had
claimed was around 1,200. This
action itself was no simple mat-
ter. Jewish law prohibits the
digging up of the remains of its
people, and so, in order to go
through with the investigation,
it was necessary to excavate in a
way that didn't violate this law -
underscoring the impact of this
In the end, the Polish govern-
ment established the Jedwabne
Memorial on July 10 of 2001,
with President Kwa'sniewski

admitting to the complicity of
ethnic Poles.
The Copernicus Lecture series
has been bringing well known
Polish figures, such as Jan Gross,
to the Ann Arbor area since the
Endowment's inception in 1973.
Past lecturers have included poet
Czeslaw Milosz, famed historian
of Marxism Leszek Kolakowski
and last year, award-winning
filmmaker Agnieszka Holland.
In 1999, commemorating the
10th anniversary of the fall of
the Berlin Wall, the Coperni-
can Endowment invited Polish
speakers from across the politi-
cal spectrum to discuss the event
at a round-table in Ann Arbor.
"Being here they were able to
meet and talk, which they would
never have been able to do in
Poland," Zubrzycki said.
All of which has garnered
Polish Studies at the University
quite the reputation.
"This is basically one of the
best Polish Studies programs in
North America," Zubrzycki said.
"It's a really vibrant program."
Polish Studies at the Universi-
ty cuts across disciplines, includ-
ing classes in Sociology, Political
Science, History, Screen Arts and
Culture and Slavic Languages.
As a result, the program is able
to, on occasion, craft courses and
events to coincide with the eclec-
tic Copernican Lecture series.
In addition to Holland's lecture,
the Polish Studies program also
hosted a film series reflective as
well as a mini-course dedicated
to Holland's cinematic contribu-
tions to Holocaust memory.
This year, to commemorate
the 40th anniversary of the
endowment, a variety of lectures
and film viewings have been
organized that will continue
throughout the Fall and Winter,


No EZ-Bake Oven necessary.
'MasterChef Junior'
cooks up charming fun


Daily Arts Writer
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a household name by building
an empire out of a niche genre:
cooking com-
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He currently
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BAFTA awards, the Brit- home the "MasterChef Junior"
rrsion of the Emmy's and trophy and $100,000 prize, in
rmy Awards. The newest addition to the prestige of being
rdon Ramsay's many proj- the first-ever winner. But he
"MasterChef Junior" is, as won't be alone in the winners'
nt in the title, a junior ver- club for long - the show has
f the popular competition (thankfully) already been picked
ng show, "MasterChef." up for a second season.
though it stars America's "MasterChef" junior has
talented young chefs, the proven to be one of the most
:y is anything but pint- entertaining reality shows on
TV this year despite facing
e rules of "MasterChef speculation early on. To be fair,
r" are essentially the same the concept of a Gordon Ram-
ose of its senior counter- say cooking show for kids is
except instead of adult pretty terrifying without con-
etitors, it stars 12 pro- text. The kitchen is filled with
us, young "home cooks" many potential dangers: sharp :
en the ages of eight and knives, boiling water and the
he final two chefs fac- most destructive of all, Ramsay's
ff in Friday's finale were notoriously dirty mouth. Luck-
ar-old "Big Al" Alexander ily, Ramsay had a secret weapon
from New York City and that saves the show from disas-
ar-old, bow-loving Dara ter: experience as the father of
Culver City, Calif. four kids between the ages of 11
e final challenge of the and 15. Striking an unfamiliar
n is always the most com- balance between patientbutfirm
nsive: create an elegant and critical but constructive, he
innovative three-course takes on the role of a wise old
in 90 minutes. Dara sage, guiding the young home
d the judges off the bat chefs on their journey through
her ahi tuna appetizer, the worlds of beef wellingtons
required the deft techni- and layer cakes.
ill that Alexander's flavor- Despite Ramsay's pleas-
heirloom tomato crostini ant persona, the real charm of
d. But Alexander made up "MasterChef Junior," obvious
e minor setback by whip- as it may seem, lies in the chil-
up a perfectly cooked veal dren. The kids' emotions are
with potato gnocchi that so genuine - they cry when
praised by Ramsay, who they're eliminated, jump up
"Young man, that is one and down when they make it
best visually cooked veal through to the next round and
anywhere in the country hug and support each other in
ht. There are chefs right times of crisis. Even in this final
shuddering with the way episode, when Dara becomes
cooked." lightheaded and worries that
she cannot go on, superstar
Alexander stops what he's doing
he shovv that and lets the clock run while he
makes sure she's OK. And after
t your dorm- losing the trophy in the end,
Dara expresses genuine excite-
,oom ramen ment about having even made it
to the finals, and about the awe-
to shame, some chef outfit she gets to keep
as a result. While in the adult
"MasterChef" competitors have
their entire futures and careers
eir desserts were evenly on the line, elimination is only
ted. Dara took a risk with the beginning for the juniors.
ched pear in lemon-gin- Atitsheart,thisisashowabout
iso sauce while Alexan- passion, obsession, precocity and
ubbed the "Pastry King" pure talent. These kids aren't
r in the season, crafted cooking to be on TV; they're
onstructed cannoli. May cooking because there's nothing
ind you (as the judges do else they'd rather be doing. It's a
:st 10 times per episode) breath of fresh air compared to
hese children are only in other reality shows about atten-
e school and cooking a tion-starved children out there
-course meal at a profes- like "Toddlers and Tiaras" or its
[level? spin-off, "Here Comes Honey
course, no competition Boo Boo." No matter how cute
would be complete with- they are (or how much Alexander
s winner, and despite the looks like Julia Child), the show's
cers' best efforts to throw true allure lies much deeper, in
udience off track, (spoiler the indescribable love for cook-
long-time favorite and ingthat each contestant feels and
runner Alexander took projects naturally.

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