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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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Julian Stryjkowski

Julian Stryjkowski

27 April 1905 (Stryj)–8 August 1996 (Warsaw)

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(p.381) Obituary Julian Stryjkowski
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11
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Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.003.0042

This chapter presents an obituary for Julian Stryjkowski. Julian Stryjkowski is often referred to as a man who became a writer because of the tragic events of the war. He was the indirect chronicler of the Shoah, and the last guardian of the vast Jewish cemetery Poland was turned into during the war. Undoubtedly, the Holocaust gave him a strong and final impetus to record the vanished community in all its richness, but he had already started writing before the war. It is hard to say, however, what turns his career would have taken if not for the Holocaust. The main themes in Stryjkowski's writing are human suffering and tragic existence, troublesome friendships, frustrated loves, the influence of history upon the human condition, and most of all the problem of identity.

Keywords:   Julian Stryjkowski, Shoah, Jewish cemetery, Poland, Polish Jewish community, Holocaust, human suffering, tragic existence

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