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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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Holocaust Survivors in Jadwiga Maurer’s Short Stories

Holocaust Survivors in Jadwiga Maurer’s Short Stories

(p.469) Holocaust Survivors in Jadwiga Maurer’s Short Stories
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Joanna Rostropowicz Clark

Liverpool University Press

This chapter takes a look at Jadwiga Maurer’s short stories. Maurer, a native of Kielce and Kraków and now a professor of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Kansas, lends her own experience and knowledge from the heart of darkness to a voice free of personal constraints. It is the voice of a meticulous listener and observer of facts and fates; an observer of something that is unspeakable, not for the lack of words, but because of its massive commonality: suffering. Like all true artists, in her stories Maurer has created a world unlike any other. Maurer’s interest, the thrust of her art, is neither in the psychology of surviving the Holocaust, nor in the implied and often explored moral issues, but rather in the ontology of survival.

Keywords:   Jadwiga Maurer, short stories, book review, Holocaust, survival, suffering, Holocaust survivors

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