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GROSS/JEWISH THEMES IN RECENT POLISH LITERATURE
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od 12 do 5 rano nie spalem”; dziennikAdama Czemiakowa, proba lektury
(“I did not sleep from midnight to 5 a .m .”: reading Adam
Czerniakow’s diary; 1982), by Roman Zimand, plus the actual
diary o f the Chairman o f the Warsaw Juden ra t,
Adama
Czemiakowa dziennik getta warszawskiego 6 .IX. 1939-23 . VII. 1942
(1983 ; English edition:
The Warsaw diary of Adam Czemiakow,
1979);
Archiwum Ringelbluma
(The Ringelblum archive, July
1942-January 1943; 1980), prepared by Ruta Sakowska;
Dziennik
zgetta warszawskiego (
1983; English edition:
Warsaw Ghetto, a diary,
1945), by Mary Berg; a new edition of
Apteka wgetcie krakowskim
(A pharmacy in the Krakow Ghetto; 1947, 1982), by Tadeusz
Pankiewicz; and
Zaglada Zydow krakowskich
(The destruction of
Krakow Jewry; 1985), by Dr. Aleksander Biberstein — to name
but a few recent titles.
The ceremonies commemorating the fortieth anniversary of
the Warsaw Ghetto uprising (1943) stimulated the publication of
studies on Polish Jewish culture, emphasizing the extent to which
it was integrated with Polish culture. Much material was printed
in connection with that sad anniversary, including illustrated cat­
alogues of exhibitions of Jewish art and literature, special issues
ofjournals, and a new collection of poems by Wladyslaw Szlengel.
BROAD SURVEY
A coffee-table book enjoyed the largest circulation, both in
Poland and abroad:
Zydzi polscy: dzieje i kultura
(English edition:
PolishJewry: history and culture',
both 1982), compiled by four histo­
rians: Marian Fuks, Zygmunt Hoffman, Maurycy Horn and Jerzy
Tomaszewski. The text of this album is rather tendentious and its
illustrations are principally of museum artifacts. Jews are not
treated as the living people to whom the work is dedicated and it
also does not touch upon their annihilation. Still, its esthetic quali­
ties cannot be gainsaid; for Gentiles lacking any familiarity with
Jews and Judaism it provides handy information in an attractive
format. For Jews, too, the album serves as a memorial to and a
reminder of the spiritual treasures of Polish Jewry.
Another album, in my opinion one of immeasurably greater
value, is the beautiful photo album of Jewish cemeteries through­
out Poland:
Czas kamieni
(English edition:
Time of stones',
both
1982), by Monika Krajewska. It is, on the one hand, a compen­
dium of Jewish tombstone-carving technique and, on the other