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Hero, Conspiracy, and Death: The Jewish Lectures

Translated by Alex Shannon

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Maria Janion

With Hero, Conspiracy and Death: The Jewish Lectures, the author has written a book of sweeping significance for readers interested in Polish history, Jewish history, and the Holocaust in which she asks troubling questions: Can a Jew be both a Jew and a Pole? Are we right to talk of «worthy» and «unworthy» death in the Holocaust? What are the implications of Adam Mickiewicz’s philo-Semitism? In Zygmunt Krasiński’s anti-Semitism, do we see the «specter of elimination»? Are humanist and enlightenment values useful in analyzing the Holocaust, or did the experience of Nazi genocide render them obsolete? Tracing the history of anti-Jewish stereotypes in early nineteenth-century Poland (and beyond), the author offers answers to these questions that are bold, clear and compassionate.

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I. THE JEWISH COLONEL..........................................................................7 1. A Biography Romantic and Unromantic.................................................... 9 2. Ridiculed and Humiliated.........................................................................15 3. The Military Glory of Israel and Kościuszko..........................................18 4. The Jewish Light Cavalry Regiment........................................................ 24 5. Did He Really Even Exist?.......................................................................33 6. A Knight’s Posthumous Glory..................................................................36 7. Literary Metamorphoses and Motivations: The Prototype of Jankiel?... 40 8. Civil Rights................................................................................................46 9. Genealogy..................................................................................................50 10. The First Since Ancient Times................................................................51 11. The Specter of Conspiracy......................................................................52 12. Addendum on the Holocaust...................................................................52 13. ’’Worthy” and “Unworthy” Death.......................................................... 53 14. Lies........................................................................................................... 59 II. POLISH ANTISEMITISM AND ITS FOUNDING MYTH.................63 Part O ne..................................................................................................................65 1. The Great Sanhedrin in Paris....................................................................67 2. Early Warnings from Staszic.....................................................................69 3. A Moral Conflict........................................................................................73 4. The Specter o f Elimination?.....................................................................76 5. The Threat ofRevolt................................................................................. 78 6. Christian Blood..........................................................................................80 7. Myth and the Face..................................................................................... 86 8. The Image of the Eternal Enemy............................................................. 89 Part Two..................................................................................................................92 1. A Wound on the Body of Poland...............................................................92 2. Crusade...................................................................................................... 94 3. A Single Miracle........................................................................................96 4. Theological-Ideological Phantasms......................................................... 99 5. Mickiewicz against Krasiński.................................................................113 III. LEONARD’S EASTERN EYES..............................................................117 1. Portraits....................................................................................................119 2. A Body Oriental and Jewish....................................................................121 3. Femininity................................................................................................124 6 Table o f Contents 4. Something Lascivious............................................................................. 126 5. Jewish Girls..............................................................................................127 6. The Sexual Orgy..................................................................................... 129 7. Gold......................................................................................................... 131 8. Satan......................................................................................................... 132 9. Das Unheimliche and Magic...................................................................133 10. The Fist or Money, or Violence........................................................... 135 11. The Thirst for Blood, Gold, Luxury, and Debauchery........................137 IV. THREE VARIATIONS ON THE JEWISH THEME IN MICKIEWICZ ................................................................................... 139 1. Wail in the Synagogue............................................................................141 2. The Matrix o f Frankism..........................................................................146 3. Moses, Christ and Towiański..................................................................164 V....

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