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by hundreds of poets, ranging from I.L. Peretz to Rivka Basman,
in translations by the finest Polish poets, among them Jaroslaw
Iwaszkiewicz, Jerzy Ficowski, Wislawa Szymborska, Stanislaw
Wygodzki, Anna Kamienska, and — to be sure — Arnold Stucki.
Translations of Isaac Bashevis Singer should also be noted here.
Polish editions of the following works by Singer have recently
The magician of Lublin, The manor, The estate, The seance
Satan in Goray.
It is noteworthy that a recent book by Prof. Marian Strze-
mieriski, which includes stories about his Jewish friends and
acquaintances, bears the following dedication: “To the Jewish
People in Poland, whose lives were suddenly extinguished.”
A prominent author who has published several books ofJewish
interest is the above-mentioned Julian Stryjkowski. A former
Communist, he has strongly identified with his people following
the Holocaust. In an afterword to his latest book
Judah the
(1986) he wrote: “I must erect a monument to the
heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and to the entire people to the best
of my ability. I must save from oblivion whatever possible.” He
has authored a trilogy on Galician Jewish life prior to WWI, and
his historical novel on the Spanish Inquisition era,
Przybysz z
(Newcomer to Narbonne, 1978), is dedicated to the
Warsaw Ghetto fighters. In recent years he has created a novelis-
tic “triptych,” consisting of works devoted to Moses, David and
Judah the Maccabee.
Another novel which treats Galician Jewish life is
Szaje Ajzen-
(1984) by the late Antoni Gollubiew, who based his work on a
Polish ballad. Pictured here is a Jewish family and its problems in
dealing with the Austrian rulers. We also gain an insight into Pol­
ish society prior to the WW2 and its strivings for Polish independ­
A recent novel,
Sons of Warsaw
(1986) by Wladyslaw Pawlak,
depicts the life of the wealthy Jewish class in Warsaw. It covers the
period beginning prior to WWI and extending through Polish
independence down to the Nazi occupation. Various chapters
deal with the Warsaw Ghetto experience and point up the aid
given by the Poles to Jews who escaped to the Aryan side. A more
authentic picture is offered by the diary of Alojzy Moraszko,