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Jews and Non-Jews: Memories and Interactions from the Perspective of Cultural Studies


Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pędich and Jacek Partyka

The book adds new studies of memories and interactions between Jews and non-Jews to the historical and cultural research on this topic. It gathers in one volume the results of work by scholars from several countries, while the topics of the articles cover various disciplines: history, sociology, psychology, literary and language studies. The specific themes refer to the cultures and interactions with non-Jews in places such as Kiev, Vienna, Ireland, Springfield, Sosúa as well as reflect upon interactions in literary texts by Czesław Milosz and other Polish writers, some contemporary Jewish-American novelists and South American writers. Finally there are texts referring to the experience of the Holocaust and the post-Holocaust trauma as well as German-Israeli and Polish-Jewish relations and heritage.
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The Feelings of Survivors of the First Deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto


The aim of this article is to analyse the feelings of people who survived the first wave of deportations from the Warsaw ghetto in the summer of 1942, whose close relatives (parents, wives and husbands, children) were deported. I want to focus particularly on how people perceived themselves in relation to their family members who were deported to the Treblinka death camp, and how they judged themselves. The following analysis will focus on the feelings of shame and guilt that some of the authors mention in accounts. How did they describe those emotions? Why did they feel ashamed and guilty?

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