The paper is an attempt to familiarize the reader with Stanislaw Benski, a Polish writer of Jewish descent. It reconstructs his biography on the basis of documents coming from a private archive of the writer's adopted son and interviews with Benski's friends. It tells about Benski's happy childhood in a Jewish quarter of Warsaw, his wartime fate and post-war life, his late debut as writer and the origins of his writings, the long years of work at a welfare home inhabited by Holocaust survivors, and finally his sudden death during his first trip to Berlin since the end of the war. The authoress looks at the problem of Benski's identity and his attitude to the faith and traditions of his forefathers. Next to facts about the writer's life she quotes opinions about his literary output.
Anna Dobiegala, Uniwersytet Gdanski, Wydzial Filologiczny, ul. Wita Stwosza 55, 80-952 Gdansk, Poland
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