"Ich bin ein Koszaliner"? Struggles with belongings in borderlands. Leslie Baruch Brent's autobiography "Sunday‘s child? A memoire"

Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk


The stipulated topic of reflection is an attempt at following the identity project contained on the pages of Leslie Brent’s autobiographical texts, especially in his autobiography Sunday’s Child? A Memoire (London 2009). Leslie Brent is a British professor emeritus, a renowned scientist in the field of immunology. He is the co-discoverer - with Peter Medawar and Rupert Billingham - of acquired immunological tolerance (Billingham RE, Brent L, Medawar PB. Nature 172:603–606, 1953). He was born in 1925 as Lothar Baruch in the city of Köslin and escaped the Holocaust with one of the “Kindertransports” travelling from Berlin to Great Britain – the operation that saved 10,000 Jewish children from extermination. Köslin – which with the shifting borders after 1945 became the Polish city of Koszalin – is located in Pomerania, a region spanning the historical and cultural Slavic-Germanic, and now also the administrational, Polish-German borderland. Since 1989 Brent has regularly visited the town of his birth, actively taking on the role of “emblematic Jew” in the local project of reviving Jewish memory. The intention of this article is to answering the following question: How does the author position himself as an individual in charting the borders of homeliness and strangeness laying between the everydayness of the pre-WWII German Köslin – marked by gradual exclusion of its Jewish community and the reality of Great Britain, in the context of his assimilation/acculturation process, as well as the realities of the post-1989 Polish Koszalin – the time of his first return journey to the hometown and subsequent visits?
Author Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk (FL / IGP)
Miłosława Borzyszkowska-Szewczyk,,
- Institute of German Philology
Publication size in sheets1.5
Book Moskalewicz Marcin, Caumanns Ute, Dross Fritz (eds.): Jewish medicine and healthcare in Central Eastern Europe: shared identities, entangled historie, Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach, no. 3, 2019, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-92479-3, [978-3-319-92480-9 ], 287 p., DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-92480-9
Keywords in EnglishJewish identity after Holocaust, Pomerania, Koszalin, Köslin, borderland, regaining memory in Central-Eastern Europe, Leslie Baruch Brent
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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