Literature of the Holocaust

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Alan Rosen
Cambridge University Press, Nov 14, 2013 - History - 310 pages
This volume features essays on writing from the period of the Holocaust (1939-1945) as well as from its aftermath. The essays cover a wide geographic, linguistic, thematic and generic range of relevant material. Such a volume is warranted for several reasons. First, at the present juncture, the corpus of Holocaust literature has grown to immense proportions (indeed, it was formidable even during the war period). Students and teachers seek guidance in determining a canon of essential readings, a context to interpret them, and a paradigm for the evolution of writing on the Holocaust. Second, many readers lack the skills to negotiate the writings in the original languages, and need help in understanding how language (especially but not only Yiddish and Hebrew) is important to the literary response.
 

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Contents

Wartime victim writing in Eastern Europe
15
Wartime victim writing in Western Europe
33
The Holocaust and Italian literature
51
German literature and the Holocaust
68
Hebrew literature of the Holocaust
84
The Holocaust and postwar Yiddish literature
102
The Holocaust in Russian literature
118
The Holocaust in Englishlanguage literatures
131
Hungarian Holocaust literature
164
Oral memoir and the Shoah
193
Songs of the Holocaust
211
Sephardic literary responses to the Holocaust
225
Anthologizing the Holocaust
238
The historians anvil the novelists crucible
252
Guide to further reading
268
Index
301

Polish literature on the Holocaust
150

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About the author (2013)

Alan Rosen was a research fellow of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah from 2006 to 2009 and now lectures regularly on Holocaust Literature at Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies and other Holocaust study centers. Rosen is the author of Approaches to Teaching Wiesel's Night (2007), Sounds of Defiance: The Holocaust, Multilingualism and the Problem of English (2008) and The Wonder of their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder (2010).

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