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Vanishing Traces and Shadows of the Past

Author(s): Lech Sokół
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Koprzywnica;Jewish history;Jews;Shtetl;memory;

Summary/Abstract: Poetic reminiscences from Koprzywnica – a small town where the author spent the first years of his life. A locality with a rich history of the presence of the local Jews, today almost totally forgotten. Lech Sokół explains: “I was always accompanied by this disturbing awareness of a void that could not be filled with anything or ejected from reality because mementos – this is probably the best word – did not permit it. Living people, who left behind places and things, had not survived. They appeared to exist in a lifeless past perfect, which, however, they denied because they lived on in stories, which in the later period of my life were recorded and printed, and finally in photographs. They lived on my imagination and consciousness. The void proved to be partly filled by swatches of memory, images, and visions and, when I write these words in my old age, the ashes of time have in their way become alive”.

  • Issue Year: 322/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 294-300
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Polish