Polish Intelligentsia in Nazi Concentration Camps and American Exile: A Study of Values in Crisis Situations

Polish Intelligentsia in Nazi Concentration Camps and American Exile: A Study of Values in Crisis Situations

By: Alicja Iwanska (author)Hardback

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This text is based on interviews carried out in Chicago in 1955 with Polish intellectuals who survived wartime internment in Nazi concentration camps and later emigrated for political reasons to the USA. The volume begins with an exegesis of the social origins and occupations of the pre-war Polish intellegentsia, and of their aspirations and way of life analyzed under the headings of: personalism; patriotism; spiritual leadership; liberal education; social refinement; and lifestyle. The text asserts that pre-war intellectual values proved stronger in the camps than in the seemingly lesser ordeal of exile. In Chicago, where they found only factory or low-level clerical jobs, had no access to higher intellectual and cultural milieux, and were distrusted or ignored by the Poles of an earlier emigration, the old values were often irrelevant.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773483880
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9780773483880
  • ISBN10: 0773483888

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