TAGORE PLAY IN WARSAW GHETTO JULY 1942

December 1, 2009 at 5:25 am | Posted in Art, Books, Germany, History, Judaica, Literary | Leave a comment

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The Warsaw Ghetto:

A Guide to the Perished City

Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak

The establishment and liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto has become an icon of the Holocaust experience. Remarkably, a full history of the Ghetto has never been written, despite the publication over some sixty years of numerous memoirs, studies, biographical accounts, and primary documents. The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City is this history, researched and written with painstaking care and devotion over many years and now published for the first time in English.

The authors explore the history of the ghetto’s evolution, the actual daily experience of its thousands of inhabitants from its creation in 1940 to its liquidation following the uprising of 1943. Encyclopedic in scope, the book encompasses a range of topics from food supplies to education, religious activities to the Judenrat’s administration. Separate chapters deal with the mass deportations to Treblinka and the famous uprising. A series of original maps, along with biographies, a glossary, and a bibliography, completes this masterful work.

Barbara Engelking is professor and chief of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Jacek Leociak is head of the Research Team for Holocaust Literature Study at the Institute for Literary Researches, Polish Academy of Sciences. Both authors live in Warsaw.

Yale University Press

July 13 2009
936 p., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
250 b/w illus. 36 color and 3 color maps
ISBN: 9780300112344
ISBN-10: 0300112343

The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City

Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak

Tagore Play in the Warsaw Ghetto July 1942

The Post Office

Rabindranath Tagore (Author)

This play by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is one of those pieces of literature that truly deserves to be remembered and admired as it was in London in 1914, when William Butler Yeats remarked that this little play “…is very perfectly constructed and conveys to the right audience an emotion of gentleness and peace.”

To Western eyes, at first glance, a play about a dying child may see morbid. The reader and theatre goer quickly realize, however, that Amal, the moribund boy, simply wants to experience the world through they eyes of a common dairyman and receive a letter from the king. He appreciates the small things in life and wants to live his life to the fullest, without pity or decadence. The thought of death barely enters his mind. It is, then, without coincidence, that the play was aired over the radio during Europe‘s darkest hours under Nazi occupation in World War II. The most poignant performance of the play was in July 1942, in the Warsaw Ghetto, when the Polish doctor, educator, writer, and children’s rights activist Janusz Korczak had the children in his orphanage stage this play. As with the central character, Amal, the children were better able to accept death as part of life, preparing for certain death that awaited them.

The Warsaw Ghetto:

A Guide to the Perished City

Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak

Comment: Tagore play discussed in above-mentioned Warsaw book.

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