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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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Helena Bodek

Helena Bodek

Jak tropione zwierzęta

Helena Bodek
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Joanna Rostropowicz Clarke

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Helena Bodek's Like Hounded Animals. This book describes a community in the small town of Żychlin, in the Płock region, and its fewer than 5,000 Jews. As the book shows, this community seems to have had relatively agreeable relations with their non-Jewish, Polish (with a scattering of German) neighbours. The train of events which Bodek relates, the patterns of behaviour of the Jewish victims and of the surrounding population, the atrocities committed by some of the Jewish policemen, the unkindness of some of her wealthier relatives (none of whom survived), and the kindness (rare, but not altogether exceptional) of strangers, including a few Germans — all are dreadfully familiar, generic to every Holocaust memoir. But the chapter asserts that the fact that we basically know, almost as well as the narrator, what is going to happen next does not in the least diminish our heart-wrenching interest in what is happening to this young woman and to her loved ones. When death reigns, the author compels us to acknowledge, life is dearer than ever.

Keywords:   Holocaust memoir, Holocaust, Helena Bodek, Jak tropione zwierzęta, Żychlin, Jewish victims, book review

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