LITERARY RESPONSES TO THE HOLOCAUST
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Compiled by Dr. Karin Doerr©
(*Signifies by or about Women)
Updated: June 2004
Some literary responses to the Holocaust are based on actual experiences and/or memoirs of survivors. Others are fiction pieces, often based on extensive research, by writers and poets who were, in one form or another, touched or influenced by the enormous tragedy that predominantly befell the Jews of Europe during World War II. The listed works that follow include both categories.
#Amis, Martin. Time's
Arrow or The Nature of the Offence. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.
[Reversed- time narration from the viewpoint of a Nazi doctor]
Appelfeld, Aharon. The
Iron Tracks. New York: Schocken B., 1998. [A post-Holocaust story]
*Appelfeld, Aron. Katerinah.
Trans. from the Hebrew Jeffrey M. Green. New York: Random House, 1992.
*Bittersweet Legacy: Creative Responses to the
Holocaust. Art; Poetry; Stories. Ed. Cynthia Moskowitz Brody. Studies
in the Shoah. Vo. XXIV. New York: University Press of America, 2001.
*Boraks-Nemetz, Lillian. Ghost Children: Poems.
Vancouver, BC: Ronsdale Press, 2000. [The poet stands ‘transfixed at the
edge of the apocalypse.’]
Borowski, Tadeusz. This
Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, trans. Barbara Vedder. New York:
Penguin Books, 1982.
Canetti, Elias. The
Human Province. Trans. Joachim Neugroschel. New York: Paulist, 1967.
Celan, Paul. Poems
of Paul Celan. Trans. Michael Hamburger. New York: Persea Books, 1980.
*Fink, Ida. The
Journey. Trans Joanna Weschler and Francine Prose. New York: Farrar,
Straus and Giroux, 1992.
Ida, A Scrap of Time and other Stories New
York: Schocken Books, 1987. [A collection of stories about life in wartime
Poland] Goes, Albrecht. The
Burnt Offering. Trans. from the German Michael Hamburger. New York:
Pantheon, 1956. Kertész,
Imre. Kaddish For A Child Not Born. Evanson, IL: Northwestern
University Press. [Nobel prize winner in 2002]
Klein, A.M. The Hitleriad. New
York: New Directions, 1944.
Gertrud. Dark Soliloquy: The Selected
Poems Of Gertrud Kolmar. Trans. from the German and Introduction Henry A.
Smith. Foreword Cynthia Ozick. New York: Seabury Press, 1975. [Poems
in English and German]
Lustig, Arnost. Darkness
Casts No Shadow. Trans. Jeanne Nemcova. Washington: Inscape, 1976.
*Michaels, Anne. Fugitive
Pieces. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart, 1996.
*Morante, Elsa. History:
A Novel. Trans. from the Italian by William Weaver. New York: Alfred
*#Ozick, Cynthia. The
Shawl; Rosa. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1989.
Oz, Amos. Touch
the Water, Touch the Wind. Trans. from the Hebrew Nocholas de Lange. New
York: Harcourt, 1974.
*Reichart, Elisabth. La valse and Foreign.
Trans. from the German Linda C. DeMeritt. Albany, NY: State University
of NewYork, 2000. [Collection of short stories; see “How Close to Mauthausen?”]
*Rosenfarb, Chava. Survivors: Seven Short Stories.
Toronto, ON: Cormorant Books, 2004.
*Schaeffer, Susan F. Anya. New York: Macmillan, 1974.
The Reader. Trans.
Carol Brown Janeway. New York: Random House, 1998.
André. The Last of the Just. Trans. Stepen Becker. London: Secker and
W.G. [Winfried, Gunther]. Trans. from the German
Austerlitz. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2002. [History & architecture,
memory, Theresienstadt, Kindertransport]
Sebald, W.G. [Winfried, Gunther] The
Emigrants. Trans. Michael Hulse.
New York: New Directions, 1996.
#Semprun, Jorge. The
Long Voyage. Trans. Richard Seaver. New York: Grove Press, 1964.
[Narrating the transport from France to the concentration camp Buchenwald in
#Spiegelman, Art. Maus
[Vols I & II]. New York: Pantheon, 1991. [Comic strip with Nazis as cats
and Jews as mice]
Steinfeld, J.J. Dancing
at the Club Holocaust: Stories New and Selected. Charlottetown, Canada:
Ragweed, 1993. [Holocaust images as clichés]
*Szeman, Sherri. The Kommandant's Mistress. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. [Simulated Auschwitz memories of a concentration camp commander and a female Jewish inmate presented as two viewpoints]
Beograd: Nolit, 1987. Trans. from the Serbo-Croatian by Richard Williams. New
York, San Diego, London: Harcourt Brace, 1993. [Memoir-like story of a man who
was both a concentration camp perpetrator and victim]
*Thomas, D.M. The
White Hotel. New York: The Viking Press, 1981.
#Wilkomirski, Binjamin. Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood. New York: Schocken Books, 1996. [Holocaust and post-Holocaust experiences narrated from the perspective of a small child]
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