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Auschwitz and After Hardcover – April 26, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1St Edition edition (April 26, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300062087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300062083
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Working for the French Resistance, Delbo was arrested by the Nazis in 1942, imprisoned, and later sent to Auschwitz and Ravensbruck. A talented writer, she sought to preserve a record of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis. This volume contains a trilogy: "None of Us Will Return" (written in 1946 but not published until 1965), "Useless Knowledge," and "The Measure of Our Days," originally published in 1970. Her writing is haunting, gracefully combining vignettes of poetry and poetic prose and enveloping the reader in an emotional whirlwind. There is a deceptive simplicity inherent in her understated but exceedingly powerful imagery. Lamont's translation is unusually sensitive and fluid, while Lawrence Langer's penetrating introductory essay provides both background material and a deserved tribute to the author. Highly recommended.?Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In1942, Charlotte Delbo (1913^-85) and her husband were arrested in their Paris apartment, where they were preparing to distribute anti-German leaflets. He was executed, and she was deported first to Auschwitz and then to the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Auschwitz and After, first published in France as three separate books (None of Us Will Return, Useless Knowledge, and The Measure of Our Days), is a memoir about her experiences in the camps. Delbo, a non-Jew, recounts the daily struggle to stay alive while besieged with hunger, thirst, abuse, fatigue, and despair. She also relates the recollections of survivors of her own work group and their difficulties in returning to a normal life, as well as her return to France after her liberation. A small portion of the memoir is written in the form of poetry. Holocaust scholar Lawrence Langer has written a penetrating introduction to this masterpiece, in which he says that Delbo writes "not as a heroine but as a victim. Her language is exquisite, but the pain of her memories is not, and this may help to explain why her audience has never been very large." Finally translated into English, this unique memoir will be able to reach the larger audience that it deserves. George Cohen

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By J. Fox on March 24, 2015
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It's so beautifully written. Some of it is soulful poetry. It's the first of so many books that I read on this subject that truly mirrored how I would feel if I had gone through the same horrors. You should read A Train in Winter, by Caroline Moorehead. She writes about these women and their stories. That's how I discovered Charlotte Delbo and this extraordinary book.
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