A little girl, film, lies and the reality of Terezin Cover Image

Mała dziewczynka, film, kłamstwa i rzeczywistość Teresina
A little girl, film, lies and the reality of Terezin

Author(s): Dorota Siwor
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: Helga Weissova; Theresienstadt; Auschwitz; Kurt Gerron; Westerbork; W.S. Sebald; Austerlitz; Michal Rovner; Holocaust

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the book Helga’s Diary. A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp. As a teenage girl, the author, Helga Weissova, used to keep notes registering the everyday life of a Jewish family from Prague during the Nazi occupation, and later, deportation and imprisonment in the Terezin camp. This unique account consists of a text written from a viewpoint of a child who was coming of age, and her drawings constituting a kind of a graphic account– a comic from the times of the Holocaust, as well as her post-war memoirs. The author, departing from reflectionson the notes of a teenage girl from Prague, takes up the subject of presentation of the Shoah topic in various forms of art, references the propaganda film by Kurt Gerron, the prose by W.S. Sebald, and artwork by Michal Rovner.

  • Issue Year: 11/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 46-56
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish