Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4636-7062 Mitzner Piotr


The article applies to Józef Czapski’s – a Polish painter and essayist – personal literary choices; ones that often were contrary to the tastes of his generation. In 1942, after leaving the Soviet bloc, Czapski developed the anthology Polskie wiersze wojenne for Russian readers, and the events of the war caused him to change his opinion about the modern poetry. Poems by the Skamandrites, whom he had disregarded for a long time, now became the core of his collection. Having been found a few years back, the anthology was published in 2019.


Skamandrites, Józef Czapski, Polskie wiersze wojenne, Polish Army in the East, Anna Akhmatova, Lydia Chukovskaya


Czapski J., Błok i swoboda tajemna, “Kultura” 1948, issue 4.

Czapski J., Czytając, Kraków 1990.

Czapski J., Dziennik. Manuscript. Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, sign. 1922.

Czapski J., Wspomnienia, [in:] J. Czapski, Rozproszone. Teksty z lat 1925-1988, collection and notes by P. Kądziela, Warsaw 2005, pp. 185-186, originally printed in “Kultura” 1953, issue 4.

Czapski J., Hering L., Listy 1939-1982, collection by L. Murawska-Péju, D. Szczerba, J. Juryś, P. Kłoczowski, vol. 2, Gdańsk 2017. [Letters from 1959]

Czapskis J. and M., Herberts K. and Z., Korespondencja, analysis and notes by J. Strzałka, Warsaw 2017, p. 107. [English version translated from Polish]

Polskie wiersze wojenne, collected by J. Czapski, submitted for print by I. Biełow, P. Mitzner. Warsaw 2019.

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