Yoni Fayn

in Voices from Shanghai

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226181660
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226181684 | DOI:
Yoni Fayn

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This chapter presents “A Poem About Shanghai Ghetto” (1945), a poem written by Yoni Fayn. The bitterness in this poem is palpable, a unique attempt to incorporate the condition of the Shanghai survivors into the context of Jewish history, encompassing the Egyptian past, the European present, and the Shanghai war years. Fayn's images are both personal and general. They are from the ghetto and from the slaughter of Jews in Europe. The notorious Kanoh Ghoya, the king of Jews who signs passes and arbitrarily beats up the ghetto Jews, has a role in Fayn's poem. Adolf Hitler, too, seems to put in an appearance as the “second king” who is already dead.

Keywords: poem; Yoni Fayn; ghetto; Shanghai; Jews; Europe; Kanoh Ghoya; Adolf Hitler

Chapter.  1452 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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