Re­nia Spiegel

Smithsonian Magazine - - Contributors -

“Some­times I dream about be­ing fa­mous, about reach­ing great heights and fly­ing across the world, not just in my imag­i­na­tion,” the Pol­ish girl con­fided to her jour­nal on June 18, 1942—her 18th birth­day. One month af­ter writ­ing that en­try, she was killed in the street by Nazis. Eight decades later, Spiegel’s per­cep­tive, pow­er­ful po­etry and prose is pub­lished in our pages for the first time in English (p. 46). The in­ti­mate words pro­vide a re­mark­able first­hand ac­count of life dur­ing the Holo­caust. Her sur­viv­ing fam­ily re­cently es­tab­lished the Re­nia Spiegel po­etry com­pe­ti­tion to rec­og­nize young Pol­ish-speak­ing po­ets.

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