|Jankiel by Maurycy Trebacz Source: Wikipedia|
We've been discussing this; see here.
I believe in free speech. I believe the antidote to hateful speech is not less speech but more speech.
This blog will never make international news as the buffoon in Wroclaw did, but I will do my part.
The next ten posts in this blog will salute Polish Jews.
We begin, of course, with Jankiel, a significant character in the Polish national epic poem Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz. Jankiel is an admirable character. It is he who brings the Polish national anthem to the hinterlands.
Here he is in Leonard Kress' translation of Pan Tadeusz into English:
You can read all of Leonard Kress' translation here
If you get no comments for this, Danusha, it doesn't necessarily mean that nobody is reading it. Good work and thank you.ReplyDelete
Michal thank you :-)Delete
Also think of Berek Jozelewicz, who formed a Jewish legion that found alongside Kosciuszko in the ill-fated 1794 Uprising.ReplyDelete
Think also of Rabbi Dov Meisels, who rallied the Warsaw Jews to the Polish cause in the January 1863 Insurrection.
Sometimes life is larger than fiction.ReplyDelete
It is probable that the character of Jankiel was based on Rabbi Jakub Natan.
You have really set the bar high.