Adam Zurawin - a Hero of a Thousand Faces
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This article analyses unpublished memoirs of Adam Zurawin, a Gestapo informer, believed to have been involved in the so-called 'Hotel Polski Affair'. Zurawin wrote them shortly before his death. They offer a rare opportunity to look at a German collaborator through his own eyes. The analysis is carried out from a few complementary points of view: historical (comparison with other sources), literary criticism (the poetics of personal document and self-creation), and psychological (motivations, feelings). Indeed, in his memoirs, Zurawin portrays himself as a knight-hero figure, who had never tarnished his hands with collaboration, but played a game with the Germans (and with the Poles), aimed only at saving his own family. The authoress tries to find what factors are involved in this self-creation.
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