Piotr Florczyk, Kraków Testimonies (Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2021), 35 pp. ISBN 978-1–911469-04-9.

Kraków Testimonials presents a selection of eighteen of Piotr Florczyk's poems published previously in a larger volume, From the Annals of Kraków (Amherst, MA: Lynx House Press, 2020). In the introduction, Florczyk explains that the origin of this poetic series goes back to 2016 when he was introduced to a collection of recorded testimonies of the Holocaust survivors archived at the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research in Los Angeles. Faced with a vast collection of recordings, Florczyk focused on studying testimonies connected with his native city of Kraków. He sought to answer some long-standing questions about “how its [Kraków's] Jewish citizens lived, prospered, died, and if they were lucky, survived” (p. 7). It seems that the poet uses the city to forge a connection across time with those who, like himself,...

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