Discover History, Art, Writings - Primary Sources from Biblical Times to the 21st Century Discover History, Art, Writings - Primary Sources from Biblical Times to the 21st Century

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Les Hitlériques, cover (1939) by Isaac David Knafo (1912–1979)

Les Hitlériques, cover (1939) by Isaac David Knafo (1912–1979) Credit: Haim Melca

Jewish Literature, 1750–2005

The Posen Digital Library (PDL) features hundreds of images and excerpts from primary sources related to Jewish literature, 1750–2005. These 3–5 minute Teaching Clip videos, available to use FREE in your lectures and classes, feature esteemed scholars such as Deborah Dash Moore, Todd Endelman, Zvi Gitelman, or Samuel D. Kassow, discussing aspects of Jewish Literature.

Poets of the Jewish Ghettos: Posen Library Teaching Clip #12

Poets of the Jewish Ghettos: Posen Library Teaching Clip #12

In Poets of the Jewish Ghettos: Posen Library Teaching Clip #12, Samuel Kassow discusses the contemplations of two poets who envisioned their post-Holocaust fate. From the Lwów ghetto, Zuzanna Ginczanka grieves her impending death, mourning that “dresses, colorful dresses—will survive me. / I leave no heirs. / So let your hands rummage through Jewish things.” From the ghetto in Vilna, Abraham Sutzkever ponders, with dread, a tense survival: “How and with what will you fill / Your cup on the day you’re free?” Ginczanka was ultimately betrayed and died, but her written testimony was used against her betrayer; Sutzkever, who survived the war and ultimately settled in Israel, testified in the Nuremberg trials.

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Suggested search terms on PDL for more related selections: antisemitism, deportation, ghetto, Holocaust, modernity, poetry, resistance, urban life, war

This is the complete event from which the Teaching Clips in this topic come:
“Jewish Writing during the Holocaust” – October 5, 2021

These other complete events may also interest you:
“Between the World Wars: Great Creativity and Growing Crisis” – October 15, 2020
“Critical Years at the End of the Twentieth Century: 1973, 1977, 1989, and 1993” – October 21, 2020
“Catastrophe and Rebirth, 1939–1973” – December 1, 2020

You’ll find playable videos of these events at the above links and on the Posen Library Past Events page.

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