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Polish literature and the Holocaust
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LCC: PG7053.H63 B73 2019 (Source: dlc)
DDC: 891.8509358405318 full
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Lccn: 2018050526
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In this pathbreaking study of responses to the Holocaust in wartime and postwar Polish literature, Rachel Feldhay Brenner explores seven writers' compulsive need to share their traumatic experience of witness with the world. The Holocaust put the ideological convictions of Kornel Filipowicz, Józef Mackiewicz, Tadeusz Borowski, Zofia Kossak, Leopold Buczkowski, Jerzy Andrzejewski, and Stefan Otwinowski to the ultimate test. Tragically, witnessing the horror of the Holocaust implied complicity with the perpetrator and produced an existential crisis that these writers, who were all exempted from the genocide thanks to their non-Jewish identities, struggled to resolve in literary form. Polish Literature and the Holocaust: Eyewitness Testimonies,1942-1947 is a particularly timely book in view of the continuing debates about the attitudes of Poles toward the Jews during the war. The literary voices from the past that Brenner examines posit questions that are as pertinent now as they were then. And so, while this book speaks to readers who are interested in literary responses to the Holocaust, it also illuminates the universal issue of the responsibility of witnesses toward the victims of any atrocity--Provided by publisher.
Table Of Contents
The Holocaust in Polish consciousness: early literary representations
The moral failure of the enlightened witness of the Holocaust: Kornel Filipowicz, Jozef Mackiewicz, and Tadeusz Borowski
Rethinking Christian theology in the time of the Holocaust: Zofia Kossak-Szczucka
The humanistic crisis of a Godless world : Leopold Buczkowski
Catholic existentialism in the face of the occupation and the Holocaust: Jerzy Andrzejewski
The Holocaust and a vision of Polish-Jewish kinship: Stefan Otwinowski
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Brenner, Rachel Feldhay, 1946- Polish literature and the Holocaust