"He was one of us" – Joseph Conrad as a Home Army Author

Stefan Zabierowski, Richard Edward Pypłacz
2018 Yearbook of Conrad Studies  
The aim of this article is to show how Conrad's fiction (and above all the novel Lord Jim) influenced the formation of the ethical attitudes and standards of the members of the Polish Home Army, which was the largest underground army in Nazi-occupied Europe. The core of this army was largely made up of young people who had been born around the year 1920 (i.e. after Poland had regained her independence in 1918) and who had had the opportunity to become acquainted with Conrad's books during the
more » ... books during the interwar years. During the wartime occupation, Conrad became the favourite author of those who were actively engaged in fighting the Nazi regime, familiarizing young conspirators with the ethics of honour-the conviction that fighting in a just cause was a reward in itself, regardless of the outcome. The views of this generation of soldiers have been recorded by the writers who were among them:
doi:10.4467/20843941yc.18.002.11237 fatcat:s3bo2ruqbvffnineowxsfxrg2i