In Response to: ‘Moral Provocateur’ [6]

Actually, Professor Gross is not about freedom of speech himself, as he never allows to see the light of day, at Princeton or at any of his lectures elsewhere, questions, or the research of historians extremely critical of him, that suggest there are fundamental flaws in his research. Ironically, his very controversial book “Neighbors,” according to other historians, is based on statements extracted by the Communist Security Services under torture, and on hearsay expressed by a member of the same Communist Security Services. It is also based on the testimony of two others that were found to be not credible, even by the Communist court, as they made conflicting testimonies under oath at two separate trials, and claimed to be eyewitnesses, when in fact they weren’t (one was proven to be in Soviet custody during the events he alleged to have witnessed). Gross ignored (never even mentions it) testimony under oath that retracted the statements made under torture, and the promised cessation of torture only upon agreement with the statements prepared by the Communist interrogators. Gross also ignored other testimony and accounts by Polish and Jewish witnesses that conflict with the testimony of the person who never testified under oath, was not a witness, while having been a collaborator with the Soviets during the initial Soviet occupation of this territory, and later became a member of the Communist Security Services, the same services that were engaged in torture, and the suppression of basic freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, etc. The fact that these facts are unknown at Princeton, or at the Davis Center, is a discredit to those institutions. The author of this article has also has done a poor job at investigating the topic she wrote about. So much for freedom of speech and academic freedom at Princeton!