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Worldwide tribute to writer Bruno Schulz

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Paweł Kononczuk 19.11.2017 09:30
The famous Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz is remembered on Sunday across the world in a unique event which marks the 75th anniversary of his killing by a German in Drohobycz, now in Ukraine, on 19 November 1942.
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The acclaimed documentary “Finding Pictures” by the German director Benjamin Geissler is being screened in 100 cinemas in over 80 cities in Poland, Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States.

The film, which traces the search for and the discovery and then sudden disappearance of Schulz’s murals, had its world premiere at the Center for Jewish History in New York City five years ago.

Born in 1892 in the Galician town of Drohobycz, Schulz survived the terror of the German occupation of 1941-1942 by painting murals for the children of SS officer Felix Landau.

It was Geissler who discovered the murals in February 2001. Soon afterwards, representatives of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem removed fragments and took them out of Ukraine, sparking an international controversy.

Schulz's best known books are “The Hour-Glass Sanatorium” and “The Street of Crocodiles”. Both were made into films: the former by the Polish director Wojciech Has (1973) and the latter by the Quay Brothers (a 21-minute animation, 1986).

Schulz’s works have been translated into almost 40 languages.


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