Two tales of the Holocaust
April 24, 2014 14:16
A child survivor and an academic present widely differing approaches to this period of tragedy and horror.
CHILDREN AND an old woman on the way to the death barracks of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. .
(photo credit:GERMAN FEDERAL ARCHIVES)
There are many theories about why Holocaust literature is still surfacing more than two generations after the end of World War II. Conventional wisdom has it that many survivors who could not bring themselves to talk about the atrocities they experienced, suddenly feel in the twilight of their lives that they must hand down a legacy to their children and grandchildren, or are afraid that if they don’t speak out now and contribute to what is already known about the Holocaust, the world will forget and allow it to happen again.
In fact, it has already happened again, though not to the same extent.