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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774600

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.001.0001

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Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński: A Poet-Hero

Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński: A Poet-Hero

(p.166) Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński: A Poet-Hero
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13

Joanna Rostropowicz Clark

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński. Before the cycle of the trauma of the Nazi occupation's horror, already in the spring of 1941 Baczyński had written a few remarkable poems testifying to his shock at what everybody had seen. Baczyński can be identified as a representative and forerunner of ‘generational catastrophism’, as opposed to ‘historiosophic catastrophism’. Ultimately, Polish poets writing and publishing their booklets of poems during the occupation in clandestine publishing houses used allusion and silence not just as a means of expression, but also as a precaution. The circle of their readers, a few thousand strong, who every day were in contact with the same truths, understood every metaphor and every ellipse. The poems that were closest to these truths-facts were most often copied, recited among friends and in prison cells.

Keywords:   Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, Nazi occupation, Polish poems, Polish poets, Polish poetry, generational catastrophism, clandestine publishing houses

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