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„…rozmawiałem z Bogiem (uśmiechacie się! tylko z nim mogę jeszcze rozmawiać!)”. Modlitewne lamentacje w pamiętniku Karola Rotgebera z getta warszawskiego
"... I talked to God (you smile! I can only talk to him!)". Prayer lamentations in the diary of Karol Rotgeber from the Warsaw Ghetto

Author(s): Jacek Leociak
Subject(s): Jewish studies, Studies of Literature, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), History of the Holocaust
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: Karol Rotgeber; memoir; confession of faith; transcendence; prayer-lamentation style; Warsaw ghetto; ‘Aryan’ side;

Summary/Abstract: A merchant and dental technician, Karol Rotgeber wrote his Warsaw ghetto memoir while hiding on the ‘Aryan’ side between April and June 1943. The fragments of the memoir presented here were selected mostly to show the thread of religious meditations which intertwines with a narration about the fate of the author, his family, and the Warsaw ghetto community. Two different discourse orders clash in Rotgeber’s text: the diarist narration and the prayer-lamentation dimension. They co-exist. They do not merge or overlap, but intertwine with each other. There is no transition between them. The diarist narration is suddenly interrupted with an ejaculatory prayer, a supplication, a complaint, a call for help and revenge, a confession of faith, or an act of hope. And then, equally suddenly and without a warning, Rotgeber resumes his previous thread, comes back to the everyday life in the ghetto, a list of tortures and persecutions, to the concrete and the topography, and his private life.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 274-304
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Polish