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    #1

    Translation of a sentence

    Hello, I have a problem with understand this sentence:
    In the guilt-ridden safety of the new world, Tuwim was oppressed by his knowledge of the physical destruction of Poland.
    What is the meaning of guilt-ridden safety?

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    #2

    Re: Translation of a sentence

    Tuwim was feeling very guilty about being safe in the new world (US) whereas his compatriots in occupied by Nazi Germany Poland, his motherland, suffered horrors of the Hitler's occupation and Holocaust.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Nov-2015 at 02:12. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote
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    Re: Translation of a sentence

    Thanks.

    I have a question, how can I understand these words guilt-ridden safety?

    Very difficult to read it (to understand it) without knowing the history of Poland.

    As someone who doesn't know the history of Poland(but want to know) I translated like this:
    He was feeling guilt because the safety of the new world - like he didn't do something for improving the safety of the world. I know my sentence is incorrect but I would like to know how can I understand sentences like that next time I have a problem.

    How does native read it when they don't know the history?
    Last edited by captain1; 02-Nov-2015 at 08:50.

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    #4

    Re: Translation of a sentence

    I read (in the context) the "guilt-ridden safety" as an antonym of the safety in which one is feeling pleasure or happiness of being safe when others suffer.
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    Re: Translation of a sentence

    Without context, I would take 'the guilt-ridden safety' to mean 'the safety that makes you guilt-ridden because you should not be safe'.
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    #6

    Re: Translation of a sentence

    In my opinion, "in" is not needed there.

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    #7

    Re: Translation of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    As someone who doesn't know the history of Poland(but want to know) I translated like this:
    He was feeling guilt because the safety of the new world - like he didn't do something for improving the safety of the world.
    Without knowing the history, I think he felt guilty because he was safe in the new world, and the sentence says nothing about improving the safety there.
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