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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press (28 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810117436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810117433
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] powerful and important work." --"Jewish Book World"

About the Author

A novelist, dramatist, short-story writer, and essayist, Zofia Nalkowska (1884-1954) was a leading proponent of the avant-garde of her day. A resident of Warsaw, she was an active member of the Polish PEN Club, the first female member of the Polish Academy of Literature, and the patron of a popular Warsaw literary salon. Her life in occupied Warsaw during World War II is the subject of her"Wartime Diaries"and"Medallions." Diana Kuprel has a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Toronto. She is a postdoctoral fellow for the Literary History Project, University of Toronto, and editor in chief of"Books in Canada: The Canadian Review of Books.""


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This is a classic of Holocaust literature, by an author who was part of a commission which looked into Nazi war crimes in Poland in the immediate post war period. The stories are those of survivors and witnesses, by an author who lived through occupation in Warsaw and was an avant-garde author in the inter-war period. Her writing is spare and ruthless in documenting inhumane detail, but, for me, the most moving story or 'medallion' is 'By the Railway Track', which is the most powerful document of organized racism I have ever read.

It is a short collection of 8 stories, but may not be widely known in the UK, because it was written in the Communist period. It is a startling blend of succint reportage and moral story telling. I hope, in this small way, I extend its readership.
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That book is incredible, very powerful but what worse this is all true. This is information collected from people who survived and those who were the guilty ones.Is very difficult to read because of the drastic descriptions and scenes like for example in one of the short stories son had to decided who will die himself or his father. I think those stories should be obligatory to read by all people in the world so nothing like this would ever happen again. Because how Nalkowska noticed People did this to people!
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One of the most disturbing and thought provoking books I have ever read. A must read for anyone with an interest in the Holocaust .
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