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Archiwum i obraz: fragmenty historii traumatycznej według H.G. Adlera
Archive and Image: Fragments of a traumatic history according to H. G. Adler

Author(s): Dorota Głowacka
Subject(s): History, Literary Texts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Jewish studies, Visual Arts, Fiction, Recent History (1900 till today), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), History of Antisemitism
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Holocaust; representability; concept of history; visual art

Summary/Abstract: Głowacka’s article presents the writer and Holocaust survivor H. G. Adler, author of the first monograph on Theresienstadt concentration camp. The focus is on the early novels Panorama [Panorama] and Podróż [The Journey] – two fictional accounts of the writer’s experience at the Nazi camps to which he and his family were deported. Głowacka reads these novels through Walter Benjamin’s conceptualization of history as well as Jean-Luc Nancy’s reflections on the representability of the Holocaust. She compares Adler’s idiosyncratic use of visual representation to the painterly techniques of artists such as Fritta, Kien and Fleischmann, Adler’s fellow inmates at Theresienstadt.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 217-239
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish