Jerzy Jurandot (2529 words)

Beth Holmgren (Duke University)
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Lyricist, satirist, memoirist, and impresario, Jerzy Jurandot was born Jerzy Glejgewicht to a family of educated acculturated Jews in early twentieth-century Warsaw. Had Jurandot been born in New York in this period, his songs would be showcased in the Great American Songbook, alongside those by Jerome Kern, Lorenzo Hart, Ira Gershwin, and Harold Arlen. Because Jurandot spent his life in Warsaw and survived the Holocaust in and near the city, his literary output is sharply divided, tracing the rise and precipitous fall of Jewish artists in prewar and wartime Poland. In the 1930s Jurandot’s song and sketch writing was perfected in the rigorous school of the Polish-language literary cabaret; his onstage hits guaranteed his success …

Citation: Holmgren, Beth. "Jerzy Jurandot". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2017 [, accessed 02 December 2022.]

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