FROM RESEARCH WORKSHOPS:On the Absence of the Holocaust, or Reading Kazimierz Moczarski’s Conversations with an Executioner Cover Image
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Z WARSZTATÓW BADAWCZYCH: O nieobecności Zagłady, czyli czytanie Rozmów z katem Kazimierza Moczarskiego
FROM RESEARCH WORKSHOPS:On the Absence of the Holocaust, or Reading Kazimierz Moczarski’s Conversations with an Executioner

Author(s): Bartłomiej Krupa
Subject(s): History
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: literature sociology; Warsaw ghetto uprising; Holocaust; Kazimierz Moczarski; Jürgen Stroop

Summary/Abstract: The articles discusses Polish reception of Kazimierz Moczarski’s book. The story’s outline refers to the three main editions of the Conversations with an Executioner. Each of those editions features a meaningful introduction setting certain senses of the reading of the book and simultaneously being its testimonies: – Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy edition with Franciszek Ryszka’s introduction (five editions during 1977–1985), – Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe edition with Andrzej Szczypiorski’s introduction (ten editions during 1992–2002) and – the Znak edition with Norman Davies’s introduction (three editions since 2004). Adam Michnik’s essay is a certain culmination of those introductions – it is another introduction but this time to an Italian edition. Analyzing the statements of the reviewers and introductions’ authors, the author investigates the social reception of the book. Here, he devotes particular attention to the social image of an execution and the images (or actually their absence) of the Holocaust, which emerged as a result of the reception of the book.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 279-302
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish