Slow Reading of Alfred Döblin’s Journey in Poland With Susanne Klingenstein

Next Event: October 25, 2022 Newton $150.00 - $175.00
Alfred Doblin (Courtesy photo: Agency Schirner/German Historical Museum)

In 1924, the German Jewish physician and novelist Dr. Alfred Döblin undertook a two-month trip through Poland. A pogrom in the Jewish section of Berlin in 1923 had shaken Döblin out of his complacency as an assimilated, educated Jew who took care of the urban poor.

When a leading newspaper asked Döblin, who was also well-known as a progressive writer, to travel through Poland and write about it, Döblin accepted, expecting that his slow journey from Vilna in the north to Cracow in the south would help him understand the complexities of Jewish existence and the roots of antisemitism.

In 1941, Döblin, who had escaped to France, converted to Catholicism. What did Döblin, a convinced Marxist after the carnage of World War I, see in Poland that made him embark on an inner journey into a very different direction?

This course undertakes a slow reading of Döblin’s description of his journey through Poland (one chapter per session) and explores the social, political and religious reality of Poland in the 1920s.

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