Persecution, Extermination, Literature

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University of Toronto Press, 1995 - Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - 237 pages
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Persecution, Extermination, Literature discusses the difficult and delicate problem of how to approach the literature on the persecution and extermination of the Jews during the Nazi regime. Dresden's aim is two-fold: on the one hand to establish the conditions in which holocaust literature was produced, and on the other to explore the implications of the reader's responses to this writing. He argues that the subject of persecution and extermination makes it impossible to use customary criteria to judge works of art, and in so doing, he raises general questions about literature and reality, about the notions of authenticity and truth, and about the relationship between life and art. The unusual combination of a deeply felt tribute to the victims of the Nazi terror and a lucid investigation of the essential role of literature in keeping the past alive is presented in a series of essays, translated here for the first time into English.

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