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Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust (Modern Jewish History)
Describes the Poles' memory of the Holocaust, which amounted to mass psychic and moral trauma unprecedented in history.
Paperback, 189 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Syracuse University Press
(first published December 1st 1996)
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An excellent overview of history distant and recent of Jewish presence in Poland and Polish imagination and vice versa. Steinlauf presents difficult topics as they are - complex, messy, contradictory - yet the book is organized and clear. If it's difficult to read, it's not because of the writing style, but because of how thoroughly it demands philosophic participation of its reader. A perfect first-read on the subject. Thorough notes and index are a invaluable resource for exploring further the ...more
A concise, thorough examination of something very tragic, very pervasive, very deep rooted, and very sad. As both a history teacher and a Polish-Canadian, I have witnessed all the angles examined in this engrossing book; an uncomfortable, fascinating, necessary read, if one wishes to understand the combined legacy of WWII, Jewish culture, and the conflicted Polish psyche.