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June 14, 2013

Being and Not Being There

Jerzy Kosinski    (1933 - 1991)

Jerzy Kosinski
(1933 – 1991)

On this day in 1933 Jerzy Kosinski was born, as Jerzy Lewinkopf, in Lodz, Poland. Kosinski’s father changed the family name at the beginning of WWII in an effort to escape persecution as a Jew. As described later in Kosinski’s international best-seller, The Painted Bird, this plan went horribly wrong — and then decades later stories began to surface that it and other aspects of Kosinski’s life didn’t happen at all.

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