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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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Józefa Singer

Józefa Singer

The Inspiration for Rachela in Stanisław Wyspiański’s ‘Wesele’, 1901

(p.360) Józefa Singer
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Regina Grol

Liverpool University Press

This chapter begins with the wedding of poet Lucjan Rydel and Jadwiga Mikołajczyk at St Mary's Church in Kraków. It details how their wedding was considered a transgressive act that violated established conventions wherein an artist, a patrician, a member of the intelligentsia married a simple, uneducated peasant girl. It also mentions Stanisław Wyspianski, who wrote a play about Rydel and Mikołajczyk's wedding in February 1901, which he entitled The Wedding (Wesele) and based most of his characters on participants in the wedding. The chapter recounts the uproar after the premiere of The Wedding on 16 March 1901 that was caused by the gossip and curiosity about the characters, the innovative dramatic form and inclusion of phantasmagoric figures, and the political messages and implications of the play. It dwells on Józefa (Perel) Singer, a guest at Rydel and Mikołajczyk's wedding that inspired the character of Rachela in The Wedding.

Keywords:   Lucjan Rydel, Jadwiga Mikołajczyk, Stanisław Wyspianski, The Wedding, Józefa Singer, Rachela

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