Alina Nowak: Oratorium oświęcimskie [Auschwitz Oratorio] (2175 words)

Halina Filipowicz (University of Wisconsin)
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Alina Nowak’s drama, Oratorium oświęcimskie [Auschwitz Oratorio, 1970], is set in Auschwitz-Birkenau. That sentence almost closes the subject. One might be tempted to conclude that we already have sufficient knowledge of this sprawling camp complex that housed Nazi Germany’s largest killing center for European Jews. Such a conclusion, however, would be too hasty. As Peter Hayes, a leading historian of the Holocaust, points out, “Much about what happened [in Auschwitz-Birkenau] still awaits elucidation” (Hayes, 331).

How Auschwitz-Birkenau has come to represent the “capital of the Holocaust” is well documented (Hayes, 330). In contrast, documentation on births in the camp is riddled w…

Citation: Filipowicz, Halina. "Oratorium oświęcimskie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 October 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40585, accessed 20 October 2021.]

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