THE SKAZ OF ANTI-SEMITISM (Skaz antysemityzmu)
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Skaz, i.e. a scrap of testimony, is a designation borrowed from the Russian folklore by H. Grynberg in his description of Voydovsky's invention. It is upon the search for similar testimonies - fossils, active spots in the language still used in today's Poland to speak of Jews - that this authoress has founded her concept of ethnographic research on memory of the Shoah as preserved in the talk and language of Polish provinces. The initial thesis claims that contrary to discourses of various historical policies, the colloquial language and proves to be involuntarily truthful. This language reports on how people see the world; it testifies to collective ideas/representations: fears, dreams, daydreams, phantasms, responding stereotypes, norms opposing the values, real values opposing declared values - in whose deposit what is referred to by sociologists as anti-Semitic 'attitudes' is only given birth. Poles will only be able to objectify their own history once the way has been recognised in which people in Poland talk between themselves about Jews.
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