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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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Exchange between Józef Lewandowski and Joanna Rostropowicz Clark

(p.561) Correspondence
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16
Michael C. Steinlauf, Antony Polonsky
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines an exchange between Józef Lewandowski and Joanna Rostropowicz Clark. In Lewandowski's letter, he argues that Clark failed to credit him as 'the source of her knowledge and quotations' in her article, 'Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński: A Poet-Hero'. Lewandowski goes on to describe how his 'work on Baczyński was the product of many years' work, and its publication encountered strong resistance from people who were important in the Polish opposition of those days, who could not swallow the idea that the poet of the underground should have shown solidarity with the murdered Jews'. For that reason, Lewandowski resents the appropriation of the results of his work. In response to Lewandowski, Clark apologizes in her letter, but contends that the inspiration for her own essay did not come from Lewandowski's work, but from Natan Gross's book Poeci i Szoa. Nevertheless, Clark says that 'the full credit of being the first unbiased reader of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński belongs to Józef Lewandowski'.

Keywords:   Józef Lewandowski, Joanna Rostropowicz Clark, Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, Polish opposition, Polish poet, Jews, Natan Gross

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