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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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Rafael F. Scharf

Rafael F. Scharf

Poland, What have I to Do with Thee Essays without Prejudice

Rafael F. Scharf
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Sean Martin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter takes a look at Rafael F. Scharf's collection of writings. The writings concern the author's own relationship to Poland, various aspects of the history of the Holocaust, and, the subject closest to the author's experience, Kraków. The chapter shows how this book can reveal much about the history of Polish–Jewish relations. Here, the value of Scharf's writings lies in their personal nature. A native of Kraków, Scharf describes Jewish life in the city from the perspective of a middle-class Jew who grew up in the heart of Kazimierz. In recalling the details of his childhood and young adulthood, Scharf emphasizes his connection to the Polish language, literature, and landscape.

Keywords:   essays, book review, Rafael F. Scharf, Poland, Polish–Jewish relations, Jewish life, Kazimierz, Kraków

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