Critics about Stanisław Wygodzki’s Prose: Reception that Wasn’t Cover Image
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Krytyka literacka o prozie Stanisława Wygodzkiego - recepcja, której nie było
Critics about Stanisław Wygodzki’s Prose: Reception that Wasn’t

Author(s): Helena Datner
Subject(s): Studies of Literature
Published by: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
Keywords: Stanisław Wygodzki; Holocaust in belles lettres; attitudes toward Holocaust; universalization of Holocaust experience; anti-Semitism

Summary/Abstract: Polish literature boasts many works that paint a panorama of the Jews’ fate during the war, including works of outstanding value. However, research done in recent years indicates that the reception of such works, if it existed in the first place, made it possible to overlook the Holocaust. The works by Stanisław Wygodzki, abundant and widely reviewed as they were, make it possible to show how much of the depiction of the Holocaust in his short stories the reviewers notice and draw the readers’ attention to. The critics turn the readers’ attention toward humanistic universalization, which constitutes the neutralization of the Holocaust, while the Poles’ attitudes are only named when they exemplify victorious heroism. The reviewers write about what they regard as an exaggerated emphasis on suffering in Wygodzki’s works, accuse the author of giving in to his obsessions as writer. Sometimes what they write is a simple trivialization of the Jewish experience. The Holocaust is not given its proper name.

  • Issue Year: 255/2015
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 460-486
  • Page Count: 27