DEBRECENJI (Brunner), JOŽEF (1905– ), Yugoslav author and editor. Born in Budapest, Debrecenji began his career on the editorial staff of several Hungarian newspapers and periodicals. He spent World War II in concentration camps, an experience that strongly influenced his postwar writings. From 1945 Debrecenji became a full-time writer in Belgrade, publishing poems, short stories, novels, and literary criticism. His outstanding work, Hladni krematorijum ("The Cold Crematorium," 1951), first appeared in Hungarian as Hideg krematórium (1950). Debrecenji's later works, studies of human destiny in troubled times, include the drama Smena ("The Shift," 1953), and collections of short stories such as Neverovatno leto ("The Incredible Summer," 1955) and Ljudsko meso ("Human Flesh," 1962) which first appeared in Hungarian. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Enciklopedija Jugoslavije (1956), S.V. (Zdenko Lowenthal)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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