Polish art and the Holocaust

Polish art and the Holocaust

Cover
softcover
Publisher
Jewish Historical Institute
ISBN
978-83-61850-69-4

[...] It is worth quoting here a lesser known parable by Franz Kafka: „We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Works such as Belżec extermination camp memorial or stories told by Primo Levi, Jean Améry’s essays, Icchak Kacenelson’s narrative poems, Claude Lanzmann’s and Marcel Łoziński’s films, in order to come into existence, they all need a brave reader, listener, viewer, participant. This type of art has nothing to do with order or seduction. It often avoids pathos, but surely it cannot also give in to ironical mode of expression dominating nowadays and reflecting our sensitivity the most. [...]

 

Presenting the Unpresentable, Paweł Śpiewak

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