The Ethics of Witnessing: The Holocaust in Polish Writers' Diaries from Warsaw, 1939-1945 - Cultural Expressions of World War II (Paperback)
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The Ethics of Witnessing: The Holocaust in Polish Writers' Diaries from Warsaw, 1939-1945 - Cultural Expressions of World War II (Paperback)

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The Ethics of Witnessing investigates the reactions of five important Polish diarists writers Jaros?aw Iwaszkiewicz, Maria D?browska, Aurelia Wyle?y?ska, Zofia Na?kowska, and Stanis?aw Rembek during the period when the Nazis persecuted and murdered Warsaw's Jewish population. The responses to the Holocaust of these prominent pre-war authors extended from insistence on empathic interaction with victims to resentful detachment from Jewish suffering.

Whereas some defied the dehumanisation of the Jews and endeavoured to maintain inter-subjective relationships with the victims they attempted to rescue, others self deceptively evaded the Jewish plight. The Ethics of Witnessing examines the extent to which ideologies of humanism and nationalism informed the diarists' perceptions, proposing that the reality of the Final Solution exposed the limits of both orientations and ultimately destroyed the ethical landscape shaped by the Enlightenment tradition, which promised the equality and fellowship of all human beings.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810129757
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
..".a fascinating inquiry into the almost unbearable pressure to which [the Holocaust] subjected individuals' sense of empathy." --Holocaust and Genocide Studies
"Brenner's textual analysis is most impressive...The Ethics of Witnessing is an important and most welcome contribution and a must- read for everyone interested in the growing field of witnessing the genocide in wartime Eastern Europe, the well- established literature on Holocaust testimony, and the study of relations between Jews and non- Jews in occupied Poland." --The Polish Review
"It is a trailblazing work...The Ethics of Witnessing by Rachel Brenner will undoubtedly become one of the most important frames of reference in future research of Polish attitudes toward the Holocaust. The author's scholarly passion, buttressed by erudition and research skills, result in a book that cannot be ignored by anyone addressing the subjects raised within it." --Yad Vashem

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This is an excellent book that deserves to be widely read." --Slavic Review

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