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The image of the Germans in Polish literature

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by: Else Löser
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Publication Date: November 3, 2019
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 147
Binding: Perfect Bound

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Book Synopsis
Relatively little is known about the author's life apart from what she reveals in her writings. I had the honour of meeting the author personally. In 1996, she sent me a very generous check for my translation of The Image of the Germans in Polish Literature, a check which I had the equal honour of returning uncashed, as I had already been paid a much smaller sum by someone else.
She invited me to her home, a small but beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean bungalow in Kaiserslautern, where I met a number of other people, had tea, dinner, and spent the night.
The author was every inch a lady: tall, slim, erect, almost statuesque, meticulously dressed and groomed, with a magnificent shock of snow-white hair. She never mentioned a husband or children; I had the impression (perhaps it was my intuition) that she was a retired civil servant, living comfortably, with a good pension.
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About The Author
The author of these texts was an ethnic German, born, raised and educated in the territories surrendered to Poland under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, or, in some cases, seized by the Poles by force, in violation of a plebiscite. The author's brother was murdered in the infamous "Bromberg Sunday" massacres of 3 September 1939, committed according to exact address lists of all ethnic Germans, prepared and distributed long in advance; her parents disappeared and were presumably murdered by the Poles or Russians in the spring of 1945.

Absolutely bilingual in both Polish and German, the author dedicated her life to a comparative study of Polish and German history and literature. The information presented here, in English translation, in book form for the first time, is otherwise available only in relatively inaccessible or highly difficult and complicated works written by specialists, almost never in English. The Image of the Germans in Polish Literature is an absolutely unique piece of literature ― to my knowledge the only work of its kind in English ― providing a unique insight into events and mentalities which continue to produce repercussions to this day.
These texts are essential reading for anyone interested, not only in the causes of the Second World War, but in arriving at an understanding of certain German actions and attitudes which would otherwise be incomprehensible. Any equation has two sides.
Carlos W. Porter
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