Stranger in Our Midst: Images of the Jew in Polish Literature

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Harold B. Segel
Cornell University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 402 pages
A vibrant Jewish community flourished in Poland from late in the tenth century until it was virtually annihilated in World War II. In this remarkable anthology, the first of its kind, Harold B. Segel offers translations of poems and prose works - mainly fiction - by non-Jewish Polish writers. Taken together, the selections represent the complex perceptions about Jews in the Polish community in the period 1530-1990.
As Segel explains in his thorough and enlightening introduction, Polish literary responses to the huge community of Jewish "strangers" in their midst illuminate both the important Jewish dimension of Polish history and a major current in the history of Polish literature.
 

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Contents

Jan Dantyszek Ioannes Dantiscus Poem about Jews
33
Wincenty Smokowski 17971876 Jewish Wedding
46
Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz The Year 3333 or an Incredible Dream
61
Maurycy Trebacz 18611940 Yankels Concert
74
Andrzej Towiariski Israel in Poland
76
Artur Szyk 18941951 The Young Jew Michael Landy Taking Up the Cross from the Hands of a Wounded Priest during the Demonstration of April
88
Contemporary Images
93
Eliza Orzeszkowa Meir Ezofowicz
118
Maria Konopnicka Mendel of Gdansk
221
Gabriela Zapolska The AntiSemite
236
From World War I to World War
273
Antoni Slonimski Two Poems
293
Stanislaw Vincenz The Balagula
302
Juliusz Kossak 182499 Fair near Warsaw
304
Juliusz Kossak Fair near Warsaw detail
305
A Search for SelfDefinition
320

Edward Gorazdowski 18431901 Michael Ezofowicz Senior
121
Edward Gorazdowski Sabbath
128
Jan Krajewski dates unknown Rabbi Isaac Todros Making His Way through the Streets of Szybow
133
Teofil Konarzewski dates unknown Town Elders Angered by Meirs Defiance
139
Aleksander Swietochowski Chava Ruby
142
Wiktor Gomulicki El mole rachmim
158
Tadeusz Popiel 18621913 Holiday of the Torah
169
Klemens Junosza Szaniawski Froim A Sketch from Nature
179
Bolestaw Prus Glowacki The Doll
198
Leon Kruczkowski Cultural AntiSemitism
326
Czestaw Milosz A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto
337
Antoni Slonimski Elegy of Jewish Towns
363
Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz The Mendelssohn Quartet
370
Marian Piechal Yankels Last Concert
381
Andrzej Szczypiorski The Beautiful Mrs Seidenman
389
Bronistaw Wojciech Linke 190662 El MoleRachmim
394
Umschlagplatz
396
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Harold B. Segel is Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Among his previous books are Polish Romantic Drama and Renaissance Culture in Poland: The Rise of Humanism, also from Cornell.

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