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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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Hebrew Poetry in Poland between the Two World Wars

Hebrew Poetry in Poland between the Two World Wars

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Hebrew Poetry in Poland between the Two World Wars
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13
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David Weinfeld (ed.)

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0041

This chapter addresses David Weinfeld's anthology Hebrew Poetry in Poland between the Two World Wars (1997). This anthology includes two dozen Hebrew poets and is valuable if only from a historical viewpoint as most of these poets are forgotten and their works are mostly unavailable. Weinfeld includes biographical details on each writer and a ninety-two-page introduction to the social and historical background, with sections on the most important of the poets, Yitzhak Katznelson (better known as a Yiddish poet), Matityahu Shoham, and especially Berl Pomerantz. However, most of the poems, Weinfeld concedes, are of limited artistic interest. This poetry is inadvertently a tombstone for Polish Hebrew literature and, indeed, for Polish Jewry. About half the poets died in the Holocaust.

Keywords:   David Weinfeld, Hebrew poets, Yitzhak Katznelson, Matityahu Shoham, Berl Pomerantz, Polish Hebrew literature, Polish Jewry, Hebrew poetry

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