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In this book, Henryk Grynberg takes an extraordinary collection of interviews conducted by representatives of the Polish government in exile in Palestine in 1943 and arranges them in such a way that their voices become unforgettable. The interviewees — all Polish children — tell of the experiences during the war. Grynberg has not used the traditional form, but rather turns the voices of the children into one large "choral" group. This technique gives the reader the impression of overwhelming sameness while paradoxically featuring the subtle differences in the children's experiences.<P>In the first section, the children recall their lives before the war (most were well off). They discuss their memories of when the war broke out, the arrival of the Germans and the Russians, and their journeys into, and experiences in, exile. We also hear them talk about the increasingly desperate conditions after the Sikorski Agreement allowed them to leave the work camps, and the ways many of them coped as orphans.<P>The cumulative effect of so many different voices discussing similar horrors is shocking, and makes this book unlike any other work on the Holocaust.

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In Children of Zion, Henryk Grynberg takes an extraordinary collection of interviews conducted by representatives of the Polish government-in-exile in Palestine in 1943 and arranges them in such a way that their voices become unforgettable. The interviewees--all Polish children--tell of their wartime experiences. Rather than using traditional form, Grynberg has turned their voices into a large "choral" group. The children recall their lives before the war (most were well off), their memories of the war's outbreak and the arrival of the Germans and Russians, and their experiences after leaving work camps and the ways many coped with their lives as orphans.

About the Author

Henryk Grynberg (born in 1936 in Warsaw) is a Polish-Jewish writer and actor who survived the Nazi occupation. He was an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, playwright and essayist who had authored more than thirty books of prose and poetry and two dramas. Grynberg, known as the “chronicler of the fate of the Polish Jews”, tackled in his writings the Holocaust experience and the post-Holocaust trauma.

Jacqueline Mitchell, a translator, lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Preface

We Lived Pretty Well

When War Broke Out

Germans, Germans, Germans

Russians, Bolsheviks

The Longest Journey

We Worked

"Religious Criminals"

When the News of the Amnesty Came

We Knew We Were Dying

Orphans

List of Testimonies

Afterword

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810113534
Translator:
Mitchell, Jacqueline
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Translator:
Mitchell, Jacqueline
Author:
Grynberg, Henryk
Author:
Mitchell, Jacqueline
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Poland
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Jewish children
Subject:
Refugees, jewish
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Soviet Union Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Poland Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Jewish children in the Holocaust -- Poland.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Number:
Translated
Edition Description:
Translated Hardcover
Series:
Jewish Lives
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
178
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.5 in

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In Children of Zion, Henryk Grynberg takes an extraordinary collection of interviews conducted by representatives of the Polish government-in-exile in Palestine in 1943 and arranges them in such a way that their voices become unforgettable. The interviewees--all Polish children--tell of their wartime experiences. Rather than using traditional form, Grynberg has turned their voices into a large "choral" group. The children recall their lives before the war (most were well off), their memories of the war's outbreak and the arrival of the Germans and Russians, and their experiences after leaving work camps and the ways many coped with their lives as orphans.

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