MORDECAI ROSHWALD, emeritus professor of the humanities at the University of Minnesota, was born in 1921 in Drohobycz
His murals depicting scenes from German fairytales, ordered in 1942 by Felix Landau, a member of an Einsatzkommando, for his son's bedroom, were secretly removed in 2001 by Yad Vashem representatives from the former Landau residence in Schulz's hometown, Drohobycz
(in today's Ukraine), and transported to Israel, opening an international debate: Whom does Schulz belong to?
The average synopsis tells you he was a sickly, neurotic, Jewish-Polish school teacher from Drohobycz
(a provincial town which now belongs to the Ukraine).
His collection of short stories, Drohobycz
, published by Penguin Books, received the 2002 Koret Jewish Book Award.
and Other Stories: True Tales from the Holocaust and Life After.
Bruno Schulz lived, wrote, and died in the southeastern provincial town of Drohobycz
His father died a natural death, but his grandparents were murdered by the Nazis, as were other relatives who did not flee Drohobycz
in time (Drohobycz
, incidentally was home to that other filial memorialist, Bruno Schulz).
But here Grossman creates another possible Bruno, one who flees from his Drohobycz
ghetto and escapes to the port of Gdansk, pursued by the Gestapo.
Aside from reprints of his earlier books, Grynberg's titles include Dziedzictwo (1993), Drohobycz
(1997), Ojczyzna (Homeland, 1999).
An SS officer in the Drohobycz
ghetto made Schulz his house-Jew, and used him to draw murals in his house.
The Hucul country of the Carpathian Mountains immortalized by Stanislaw Vincenz; Jerzy Stempowski's Dniester Valley; Jozef Wittlin's Polish-Ukrainian Lwow; the Polish-Austrian Galicia of Zygmunt Haupt and Andrzej Kusniewicz; Andrzej Chciuk's Drohobycz
, now in Ukraine; the Berezya River region of present-day Belarus, described by Florian Czarnyszewicz; the Litwa of Czeslaw Milosz and Tadeusz Konwicki; and, finally, the Polish-German borderlands: the image of all these homelands which emerges in the literature is one of regions inhabited by multi-ethnic and multi-fa ith communities, full of varied customs and traditions.
comprises eleven tales, eight written in the nineties and three reprinted from Szkice rodzinne (1990).