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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Trunk’s Poyln: Its Place in Jewish Polish History

Trunk’s Poyln: Its Place in Jewish Polish History

(p.216) Trunk’s Poyln: Its Place in Jewish Polish History
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Anna Clarke

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies Jehiel Isaiah Trunk's Poyln and its place in Jewish Polish history. Trunk's Poyln is more than just an autobiography. In the words of Trunk's nephew, the historian Isaiah Trunk, it is an artistic description of the life of Polish Jewry: ‘the Trunk saga became an epos of Polish Jews’. To call a work an ‘epos’ or ‘epic poem’ implies that it has many parts and cuts a broad swathe through history. It may also be written and rewritten over long periods of time. The chapter adds to the knowledge of the history of Polish Jews, based on the epos of Poyln and other writings by J. I. Trunk.

Keywords:   Jehiel Isaiah Trunk, Poyln, Jewish Polish history, autobiography, Polish Jewry, Polish Jews, epic poem

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