- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300070578
- ISBN-13: 978-0300070576
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Auschwitz and After Reprint Edition
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Due to the passage of time, we are losing the remaining Holocaust survivors. Hence, Spielberg's and others' efforts to record the testimony before it is too late.Read more ›
Thanks to the work of the Video Archive for Holocaust Testimony at Yale University, the Survivors of the Shoah project by Steven Spielberg, and the efforts of the new National Holocaust Museum, there is no shortage of testimony from Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. But Jews were not the only victims of the Nazi regime, and there is surprisingly little testimony from non-Jewish survivors. Delbo is probably the only non-Jewish victim who became an important literary figure in the postwar era, and her position as victim along with her eloquent indictment of Christianity and Christian culture for their complicity in the extermination of the Jewish victims with whom she feels strong kinship and empathy make her work an absolutely unique contribution to post-Holocaust literature. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more bibliographical references.
It ought to go without saying, but this book is not a fun read. It hurts, and it should. This book will leave you drained emotionally, and that is the only proper reaction to it. Delbo (through translator Rosette C. Lamont) conveys emotion like no other Holocaust survivor I have read. She does not tell you it hurt, she shows you. You feel pain, and you know it is only the smallest fraction of the pain she felt.
I believe this account is also crucial for its telling of the camaraderie, the sistership, amongst the female prisoners. Friendship can do so much for a soul living in anguish, but losing that friend to death hurts it more than solitude ever could.
This book hurts. But it must be known, it must be read. You must understand what was endured, and this book puts a reality to it more than any other. Try to look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the single most impactful traumatic memoir I have read. Delbo is honest with her memory and with her reader.Published 7 months ago by Sarah D.
Fascinating memoir remembering concentration camps during the Holocaust. A french political prisoner, this book offers a different point of view that highlights interesting issues.Published 11 months ago by Neku
There were so many examples of heroism during World War II. Those who resisted the Nazis knew the risk, and did it, anyway. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mike Huffman
This is a must read by a non-jewish French survivor of Auschwitz.Published 20 months ago by Fred A. Kahn
I had to read this book for a class I had in college, and I absolutely loved it. Delbo really has a wonderful and unique way of depicting the horrors of the Holocaust. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by cristy89
An amazingly written poetic book about such a depressing subject. Well worth reading if this is an area of history you are interested in.Published on September 16, 2012 by Penelope H. Ford