The Murder and Mythology of Bruno Schulz

Sketch from Sanatorium Pod Klepsydrą (Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass). Bruno Schulz, 1937.

I have been reading the works of Bruno Schulz of late. Asked about who he was, my quick and casual response has generally been along the lines of: a Polish-Jewish writer and visual artist killed in his hometown’s ghetto during World War II. I could have said he was an early Twentieth Century Polish-Jewish writer and visual artist. Instead, I have tended to include the circumstances of his death. This has not only…