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Holocaust survivor Esther Clifford on the burning of books
The Holocaust in popular culture
Night is the archetypal Holocaust novel, in many ways more an experience that you have, rather than a book that you read. Its author, Elie Wiesel, was born in what is now Romania and survived several concentration camps, and in Night , he puts into hauntingly beautiful words all of the terrible events, whether physical, mental, or emotional, that he had to survive. This award-winning young adult novel is more than just a book for children. Told from the perspective of a German girl whose foster family agrees to hide a young Jewish boy — and narrated by the ever-present Death — The Book Thief explores all of the same themes that you expect from a book about the Holocaust — morality, love, and identity. Read in disbelief as the children growing up in such a terrible time struggle to figure out their role to play in it all.
T alking about the Holocaust at nine in the morning in the elegant lounge of a trendy boutique hotel in central London is not ideal. A woman packs up and moves to the other side of the room at Yann Martel's first mention of genocide. I am conscious of the fact we may be speaking too loud. There is an additional problem that my new BlackBerry keeps ringing. I have no idea how to turn it off, and eventually have to ask the concierge to dispose of it. Martel, the Canadian author who won the Booker prize for the outrageously successful Life of Pi in , takes all this more or less in his stride, though he is a little put out by my incompetence and fractiousness — I rather rudely insist that the young woman who is steering him round the UK and Ireland on the publicity tour for his new novel, Beatrice and Virgil, absent herself from the room while we talk. I'd only finished his book the night before — reaching its dramatic denouement in the bath, if you must know — and feel at something of a disadvantage in talking about it, since he spent eight years labouring over it.
Ahead of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, JTA reached out to Jewish studies scholars across the country seeking their recommendations on recently published books dealing with the Holocaust. Joshua Zimmerman , professorial chair in Holocaust studies and East European Jewish history and professor of history at Yeshiva University, writes:. After Jan T. Barbara Grossman , professor of drama at Tufts University and former U. She writes:.
I revered them, awed by the very fact of their survival, and did not dare ask questions. I began with the classics: the survivor memoirists and novelists around whom the canon has been built. From there, the pickings were endless. With every book I devoured, I recast my grandparents as the central characters, sending them back to their unspeakable, private hells. Deeper into the labyrinth I ventured, hundreds upon hundreds of books, mostly novels.