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Bearing Witness: A Personal Perspective on Sixty Years of Polish History - Jewish Studies (Paperback)
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Bearing Witness: A Personal Perspective on Sixty Years of Polish History - Jewish Studies (Paperback)

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Paperback 276 Pages / Published: 30/07/2015
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Bearing Witness offers personal insight into the collective experience of Poles over the last sixty years. One of Poland's leading social scientists combines objective, academic rigor with autobiographical, eyewitness accounts of historic events. Maria Jarosz reflects on the post-World War II world and how Poland and its people have been affected by changes in politics, power, and society.

More than a memoir, the book offers keen insights into how history intersects with personal life. That is because Jarosz has spent her entire life studying people. As a reviewer of the original Polish edition noted, it is not possible to understand Polish society, its views and attitudes, and the mechanisms for managing them, without reading this work. This book spans the period from World War II through the communist era in Poland to the present day. It contains a wealth of dramatic detail, including a vivid account of how the author, who has Jewish roots, survived the Holocaust as a child.

This English language edition is updated to include descriptions of recent events. The author focuses intensely on her experiences as one of a few surviving witnesses to the horrors of wartime Poland. Her sober reflections are interspersed with light-hearted anecdotes, testifying to Jarosz's resilient sense of humour-a cocktail that makes the book a captivating read.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412855952
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Pure magic. . . . Jarosz is blessed with the gift of an 'authentic' memory--one that can reproduce a picture of a girl from the Lodz ghetto as seen through the eyes of that girl. This is a gift in which we can share liberally, thanks to the generosity of the author."

--Andrezej Jonas, The Warsaw Voice

"A remarkable account of unprecedented violence, personal endurance, and finally a recovery of personal as well as national freedom. Compelling and admirable."

--Zbigniew Brzezinski


"A remarkable account of unprecedented violence, personal endurance, and finally a recovery of personal as well as national freedom. Compelling and admirable."

--Zbigniew Brzezinski, Johns Hopkins University

Review on the Polish Edition: "Pure magic. . . . Jarosz is blessed with the gift of an 'authentic' memory--one that can reproduce a picture of a girl from the Lodz ghetto as seen through the eyes of that girl. This is a gift in which we can share liberally, thanks to the generosity of the author."

--Andrezej Jonas, The Warsaw Voice

"Maria Jarosz has written a fine and gripping memoir. It's an outstanding inside look at what it meant to be a Jew, a Pole, and an intellectual in wartime and postwar Poland. Read, reflect, and enjoy."

--William Helmreich, Professor of Sociology and author of Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Sucxcessful Lives they Made in America


"A remarkable account of unprecedented violence, personal endurance, and finally a recovery of personal as well as national freedom. Compelling and admirable."

--Zbigniew Brzezinski, Johns Hopkins University

Review on the Polish Edition: "Pure magic. . . . Jarosz is blessed with the gift of an 'authentic' memory--one that can reproduce a picture of a girl from the Lodz ghetto as seen through the eyes of that girl. This is a gift in which we can share liberally, thanks to the generosity of the author."

--Andrezej Jonas, The Warsaw Voice

"Maria Jarosz has written a fine and gripping memoir. It's an outstanding inside look at what it meant to be a Jew, a Pole, and an intellectual in wartime and postwar Poland. Read, reflect, and enjoy."

--William Helmreich, Professor of Sociology and author of Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Sucxcessful Lives they Made in America


-A remarkable account of unprecedented violence, personal endurance, and finally a recovery of personal as well as national freedom. Compelling and admirable.-

--Zbigniew Brzezinski, Johns Hopkins University

Review on the Polish Edition: -Pure magic. . . . Jarosz is blessed with the gift of an 'authentic' memory--one that can reproduce a picture of a girl from the Lodz ghetto as seen through the eyes of that girl. This is a gift in which we can share liberally, thanks to the generosity of the author.-

--Andrezej Jonas, The Warsaw Voice

-Maria Jarosz has written a fine and gripping memoir. It's an outstanding inside look at what it meant to be a Jew, a Pole, and an intellectual in wartime and postwar Poland. Read, reflect, and enjoy.-

--William Helmreich, Professor of Sociology and author of Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Sucxcessful Lives they Made in America

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