This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen Analysis

Tadeusz Borowski

Historical Context

Poland Under Attack
Despite being a dominant power in Eastern Europe from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, in the...

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Literary Style

Although the story is written from the first-person point-of-view, the unnamed narrator maintains a tone of...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Alvarez, A., " The Victim of a Full European Education,’’ in New York Times Book Review, February 29, 1976,...

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(Comprehensive Guide to Short Stories, Critical Edition)

Sources for Further Study

Bigsby, Christopher. Remembering and Imagining the Holocaust: The Chain of Memory. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Crnkovi, Gordana P. Eastern European Literature in Conversation with American and English Literature. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2000.

Hartley, James. Suffering Witness: The Quandary of Responsibility After the Irreparable. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.

Parmet, Harriet L. “Images of the Jew Focused on in the Translated Polish Works of Tadeusz Borowski, Jerzy...

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Compare and Contrast

1930s: The avant-garde is influential among leading writers. Witold Gombrowicz, who moved to Argentina in 1939, gains an international...

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Topics for Further Study

Imagine that you are a journalist writing about life in Auschwitz. Write an article using Borowski's story as your reference source.


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What Do I Read Next?

Bread for the Deported (translated into English in 1997) by Bogdan Wojdowski is a novel about World War II Poland, describing the...

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