FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE POLISH COMMUNIST PARTY:THE CASE OF JERZY KAWALEROWICZ’S AUSTERIA
The Communist Party Authorities and Kawalerowicz’s The Inn. These documentary sources present the case of Kawalerowicz’s film and its squandered – due to political reasons – international carrer in 1982. The film, a requiem for the Jewish culture on the Polish territory, based on the great book by Julian Stryjkowski, a promonent Polish-Jewish writer, could not be produced in the mid-1960s because it was the the time of anti-Semitic atmosphere among the Communist Party authorities. Realised in the 1980s, the film was regarded as suspicious because of the ongoing events in the Middle East and the image of the first World War Russian soldiers (recognized as a probablic depiction).