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Irena Klepfisz


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Irena Klepfisz (born April 17, 1941) is a Jewish Lesbian author, academic and activist.

Klepfisz was born in the Warsaw Ghetto on April 17, 1941 and was 2 years old during the "varshever geto oyfshtand", (Yiddish for 'the Warsaw ghetto uprising'). Her father, Michał Klepfisz, a member of "der algemeynernyidisher arbeter bund", (the Jewish Labour Bund), was killed on the second day of ... more »

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  • ...the Holocaust has been like a fad, a rock group losing its original sound, a fashionable form of dress that outlives its popularity ... it has been commercialized, metaphored out of reality, glamor...
    Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish author; born in Poland. "Resisting and Surviving America," 1982. Dreams of an Insomniac, part 2 (1990). Klep...
  • I have never heard of a tradition among Jews that encourages us to support each others' differences. Quite the contrary. What I've always been taught is that Jews forever see each other as bitter enem...
    Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), Jewish-American lesbian author; born in Poland. "Jewish Progressives and the Jewish Community," 1988. Dreams of an Insomniac...
  • ''It was like stepping into a negative rather than a photograph. I was overcome by the sudden realization of the scale of the loss.''
    Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish lesbian author; born in Poland. "Secular Jewish Identity," 1986. Dreams of an Insomniac, part 4 (1990). On v...
  • ''To most middle-class feminists, as to most middle-class non-feminists, working-class women remain mysterious creatures to be "reached out to" in some abstract way. No connection. No solidarity.''
    Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish lesbian author; born in Poland. "The Distances Between Us," 1985. Dreams of an Insomniac, part 1 (1990). Kle...
  • ...I've stopped wanting to do any work at all. All work is bullshit. Everyone knows that. No matter how many telephones and extensions, no matter how many secretaries, no matter how many names in the ...
    Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), Jewish-American lesbian author; born in Poland. "Work Sonnet," part 3, paragraph 5 (1982). Referring, specifically, to c...
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