In 1943, the Gestapo arrested Tadeusz Borowski, a young student and writer. A political prisoner, he was first sent to jail and then to Auschwitz. There, and in the other camps in which he was imprisoned, he witnessed the atrocities of the Holocaust, reported in his searing short stories, notably “This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.”
Tadeusz Drewnowski, Borowski’s biographer, has published Postal Indiscretions, a collection of letters to and from Borowksi, to prompt reevaluation of the author’s work. Largely personal, the letters record the turmoil and confusion of postwar Europe, as well as Borowski’s attempts to reconstruct his life. In 1952 he committed suicide. Appendixes, index, notes, photos.
Maron L. Waxman, retired editorial director, special projects, at the American Museum of Natural History, was also an editorial director at HarperCollins and Book-of-the-Month Club.