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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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Lost Landscapes: In Search of the Jews of Poland,

Lost Landscapes: In Search of the Jews of Poland,

Chapter:
Lost Landscapes: In Search of the Jews of Poland,
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13
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Agata TuszyńSka

Madeline Levine

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0046

This chapter reviews Agata Tuszyńska's book Lost Landscapes: In Search of the Jews in Poland (1998). In Lost Landscapes, Tuszyńska pulls together diverse threads: a literary and historical contextualization of the work of Isaac Bashevis Singer, contemporary Poles' current views on Jews, and Polish Jewish survivors' perspectives on Poland and on Singer's writing. The essays are not connected as a single narrative, but hang together as a book through the implication of the continuing connection between Jews and Poles. For Poles, the old Jewish communities' absence in most of Poland has left a shadow. For Polish Jews, memories of Poland, its land and language, persist like an echo. The landscapes of the title unite both groups, as surviving expatriate Polish Jews of Singer's generation remember Poland, and Poles remember their absent and murdered Jewish neighbours.

Keywords:   Agata Tuszyńska, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Poles, Jews, Polish Jewish survivors, Poland, Jewish communities, Polish Jews

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