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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Utwory nieznane. Ze zbiorów Tomasza Niewodniczańskiego w Bitburgu: Wiersze, Kabaret, Artykuły, Listy

Utwory nieznane. Ze zbiorów Tomasza Niewodniczańskiego w Bitburgu: Wiersze, Kabaret, Artykuły, Listy

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Utwory nieznane. Ze zbiorów Tomasza Niewodniczańskiego w Bitburgu: Wiersze, Kabaret, Artykuły, Listy
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16
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Julian Tuwim

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.003.0037

This chapter assesses Julian Tuwim's Utwory nieznane (Unknown Works), the title of which is somewhat misleading. The book is largely made up of cabaret pieces that were performed and known to the public; they simply were never published in written form. Still, the book's publication in 1999 was an important event, not only for poetry lovers and historians of literature, but also from a Jewish perspective. Jewish topics appear prominently and in many forms in this collection of poems, facsimiles, juvenilia, cabaret skits and songs, and private letters from various periods of the poet's life. This is in clear contradiction to the stereotype, predominant in Jewish historiography, of the pre-war Polish Jewish intelligentsia as thoroughly assimilated and uprooted. Tuwim's example demonstrates that the opposite was the case. Like many other writers, he was in constant dialogue with his Jewishness, defending it when attacked, but also critical of Jewish obscurantism.

Keywords:   Julian Tuwim, cabaret skits, cabaret songs, Jewish topics, private letters, Jewish historiography, Polish Jewish intelligentsia, Jewishness, Jewish obscurantism

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