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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113171

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.001.0001

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Five Wartime Testimonies

Five Wartime Testimonies

(p.316) Five Wartime Testimonies
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1

Władysław Bartoszewski

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores five wartime testimonies. Five diary accounts, published in Polish in 1983–4, relate the wartime fate of people brought up in Poland's largest Jewish urban centres before 1939: Warsaw, Łódź, and Cracow. A feature common to all of them is their authors' social and professional membership of the intellectual class and the relatively significant attachment they felt towards their Polish environment. Four of the authors belong to the generation born before the establishment of an independent Polish state in 1919 and one account is that of a girl barely 15 years of age when World War II broke out. Thus, her adult life began in conditions of oppression and subjection.

Keywords:   wartime testimonies, diary accounts, Poland, Jewish urban centres, Warsaw, Łódź, Cracow, Polish environment, Polish state, World War II

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