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Harold B. Segel (ed.), <i>Stranger in Our Midst: Images of the Jew in Polish Literature</i>. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996. xiv + 402 pp.

Theodore R. Weeks

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0032

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Harold B. Segel (ed.), Stranger in Our Midst: Images of the Jew in Polish Literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996. xiv + 402 pp.

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A review of the book, Stranger in Our Midst: Images of the Jew in Polish Literature by Harold B. Segel (ed.) is presented. The book features a collection of poems, stories and other written documents from the 16th to the 20th century. In his selection of texts, Segel has clearly tried to balance pro-Jewish Polish writers (Maria Konopicka, Orzeszkowa, Milosz) with more critical or even anti-Semitic voices. On the whole, he gives preference to the tolerant and even philosemitic Polish voices. One may always question the inclusion of a certain text and the exclusion of others, but Segel cannot be accused of partisanship except in the sense of wishing to emphasize the works of those Poles who sympathized with their Jewish neighbors and who indeed could not imagine a Poland without Jews.

Keywords: Polish writers; Poland; Harold B. Segel

Chapter.  815 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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