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Debora Vogel and Her Artistic Milieu in Interwar Lwów

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

“In the milky grey streets
the lost days are no longer counted:
they run out like sweetened condensed milk.

Faces are extinguished by the color of abstention
like grey streets with yellow lamp-moons
that don’t want anything anymore.”

Prior to her murder in the Holocaust, Debora Vogel was known as the “wandering star,” pushing the limits of poetry and language in Yiddish, Polish, German and Hebrew.

How did she and other Polish Jews – including her close friend Bruno Schulz – translate concrete urban spaces like Lviv and Paris into a complex vision and philosophy of modern life that still calls into question our habits of thinking and seeing?

Join us for a fascinating glimpse into a world that was lost, yet remains very much alive and relevant:

Monday, October 18th
8 pm Israel / 6 pm UK / 1 pm EST

[Quotation above from “Grey Streets” by Debora Vogel (Translation from the Yiddish by Jordan Lee Schnee); Photo: Debora Vogel (Enhanced Image / Public Domain)]

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Karolina Szymaniak

Karolina Szymaniak is Assistant Professor at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, and in the Taube Department of Jewish Studies at the Wroclaw University. She is a researcher, editor, translator, and language instructor with a Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies. Her book on the Polish-Yiddish modernist writer Debora Vogel was published in 2006 in Poland. She co-edited: Warsaw Yiddish Avant-garde (2005), Dialogue of Poets (2011), Montages. Debora Vogel and the New Legend of the City (2017), and My wild goat. Anthology of women Yiddish poets (2019). She is the editor of Rachel Auerbach's ghetto writings, which received the 2016 Polityka History Award. Karolina's profile is featured in Nurith Aviv's 2020 documentary Yiddish.
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The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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