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January 06, 2009

Henryk Grynberg's _Drohobyz, Drohobyz, and Other Stories_

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Readers' Comments:

Jamison Whitney
Dr. Hobbs
English 340
April 7, 2009
Response to Drohobycz… Drohobycz…

Grynberg presents a more stark view of the Jewish experience of the Holocaust. His style of writing, with more subdued emotion and a focus on relating a story are more reminiscent of Borowski than any other author we’ve read. The lack of overt emotion from the author better informs the reader as to the view of the victims themselves; the hollowness through which they experienced all of these atrocities. He writes about religion, desperation and loss of figures that society needs like the writer Bruno Schulz. The frankness of the writing does not detract from the emotional impact of the stories but instead informs the reader that the narrators have injected little outside opinion into their tales and that all of the emotional aspects are derived directly from the events they describe. So the impact of these events are heightened for the reader more so than Holocaust stories which are written upon reflection and with larger philosophical themes in mind.

Posted by: Jamison Whitney at April 7, 2009 12:59 PM

Emily Belvo
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 340
April 7, 2009
Review on Henryk Grynberg’s “Drohobycz, Drohobycz”
In Henryk Grynberg’s book, “Drohobycz, Drohobycz”, Grynberg describes his experiences through not only the hard times of the Holocaust, but of his life after this traumatic event. In the books we have read for this class, the audience has either witnessed these authors’ in the midst of the death or labor camps of the Holocaust or their hard times in the Ghettos they were placed in. In Grynberg’s book of reflections, the non-chronological order of Grynberg’s life in Poland and in America is witnessed. It is interesting to note just how specific these stories such as remembering the vast amount of people he had been in contact with, whether helping him for his benefit in these hard times or ratting him out to be murdered. The closeness he has with his family is very important and is almost heartbreaking and most did not survive. In his stories he exemplifies his courage and near death experiences. He shows his audience his fight for survival in dealing with the loss of his home, moving into the Ghetto, and hiding out in the forests. Continuously, Grynberg shows the hard times he had being rejected in one area, and then coveted in another. With the story continuously going back and forth in flashbacks with no chronological order to them confused me often, and the continuous characters that came in had me confused for a while. However, I do believe Grynberg’s story is very important, as it gives the aspect of him being a kid in such troubled times to when he becomes an adult and the knowledge he lets off to his children. In the very last paragraph of the book, Grynberg states, “Our son, Alyosha, asked when it’ll be his turn to tell a story. I told him, ‘Your life will be so undramatic that no one will be interested.’ That’s why we left,” (Grynberg 275). In this statement, it personifies Grynberg’s stories, showing his children and the world that they are fortunate to not to have the stories he has to tell for the world to see how horrible his circumstances were. He has the ability to shelter his children from those experiences, however make them known to show where they have come from and how hard times may be. Grynberg’s book, although confusing in some aspects, shows once again the trials and tribulations that a Jewish child and adult had and still has to face by being a part of the Holocaust.

Posted by: Emily Belvo at April 7, 2009 02:03 PM

Response to True Tales from the Holocaust and Life After
This book was interesting because he not only told what happened to his family but he also told of what happened to the other that lived in his community. I like how he wrote in depth about the people who were in his family experiences. He spoke about the way that they were treated, just like all the other authors we read did. He was different because he was able to talk about life after the Holocaust and how he adjusted to it.

Posted by: monefa furlongue at April 7, 2009 03:28 PM

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