Polish parliament commemorates Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer at the 1988 Miami Book Fair International. (MDCarchives)

Isaac Bashevis Singer at the 1988 Miami Book Fair International. (MDCarchives)

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The Polish parliament adopted a resolution commemorating Yiddish novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer, who 40 years ago received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In the resolution, Polish lawmakers stressed that Singer’s work – in Yiddish – is an integral part of Polish cultural heritage.

As was recalled in the resolution, Singer was awarded in 1978 by the Swedish Academy for “full of feelings prose, which, growing out of the Polish-Jewish cultural traditions, at the same time touches on the eternal problems.”

“Isaac Bashevis Singer occupies a unique place in the history of Poland as a writer who in his work has perpetuated and commemorated images of a Jewish community non-existing today in our country,” reads the document approved by the Sejm.

Singer was born in 1902 in Leoncin, Poland and later lived in Warsaw and Biłgoraj. He presented in his works a colourful world of Jews who had lived in eastern Poland for centuries. The resolution also recalled his award-winning writing and journalistic activity after he immigrated to the United States in 1935, as well as his commitment to defending animal rights.

“Appreciating the great contribution of Isaac Bashevis Singer to the Polish and world culture, its sensitivity and originality of thought, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland today adopts a resolution regarding the commemoration of an outstanding artist, expressing the highest recognition for his work and honouring his memory,” said the document.

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