‘Rope-soled slippers, size 38’ - these are some of the last words written in the poet’s hand. It is 18th April 1944 in the prison on Czarnieckiego Street in Kraków. In a request, she further asks for ‘food, sabadilla vinegar, apples.’ She underscores item number 14: ‘dress’ to which she adds ‘summer.’ She would never get to wear it.
Warsaw, 5th January 1938. The Institute for Art Propaganda in Warsaw has just opened an exhibition by the Łódź-based artist Karol Hiller – the largest of his career. Having come from a neo-byzantine tradition, he doesn't fit in with the constructivists who debuted slightly earlier, leaving him somewhat on the sidelines. But the time for full recognition has finally arrived.
He decided they would die together. They sat down under an oak tree and took strong sleeping pills, and he sliced open his carotid artery. All that was left of his second-to-last play was the title page. Decades later, this drama was finally staged – although its contents have never been found.
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The Interwar Period
Culture in a time of catastrophe
World War II
Artists in the clutches of totalitarianism