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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

Hebrew Poetry in Poland between the Two World Wars
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13

David Weinfeld (ed.)

Liverpool University Press

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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