Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology

Paperback | August 1, 1995

byLawrence L. Langer

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Art from the Ashes provides the most far-reaching collection of art, drama, poetry, and prose about the Holocaust ever presented in a single volume. Through the works of men and women, Jews and non-Jews, this anthology offers a vision of the human reality of the catastrophe. Essays by familiarwriters like Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel accompany lesser-known efforts by Yankiel Wiernik and Frantisek Kraus; stories by Tadeusz Borowski and Ida Fink join fiction by neglected authors such as Isaiah Spiegel and Adolf Rudnicki; and extensive selections have been chosen from the works of sixpoets--the renowned Paul Celan, Nelly Sachs, and Abraham Sutzkever among them. Each selection (except for self-contained excerpts from ghetto journals and diaries) appears here in its complete form. Langer also includes in their entirety a novel by Aharon Appelfeld, a novella by Pierre Gascar, andJoshua Sobol's controversial drama Ghetto. In addition, this volume features a visual essay in the form of reproductions of twenty works of art created in the Terezin concentration camp.

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 This volume of Holocaust literature provides a vision of catastrophic tragedy. In a collection of both fiction and non-fiction, Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology offers a sombre portrait of a brutal reality through art, drama, poetry and prose. This includes excerpts from the ghetto diaries of Abraham Lewin, 72 poems by six po...

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Art from the Ashes provides the most far-reaching collection of art, drama, poetry, and prose about the Holocaust ever presented in a single volume. Through the works of men and women, Jews and non-Jews, this anthology offers a vision of the human reality of the catastrophe. Essays by familiarwriters like Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel acc...

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'Art from the Ashes' provides the most far - reaching collection of art, drama, poetry, and prose about the Holocaust ever presented in a single volume.

Lawrence L. Langer is at Simmons College, Boston.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 1.77 inPublished:August 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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GENERAL INTRODUCTION: On Reading Holocaust LiteratureI THE WAY IT WAS1. Jankiel Weirnik,: One Year in Treblinka from The Death Camp in Treblinka: A Documentary2. Kulmhof (Chelmno): Extermination Camp from "The Good Old Days"; The Holocaust and Seen By Its Perpetrators and Bystanders3. Frantisek R. Kraus,: "But Lidice is in Europe!" from Terezin4. Jacques Furmanski,: "Conversation with a Dead Man" from ir Haben Es Gesehen5. Charlotte Delbo,: "Voices" from Days and Memory6. Christopher R. Browning,: "One Day in Jozefow: Initiation to Mass Murder" from Lessons and Legacies: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World7. Primo Levi,: "Shame" from The Drowned and the Saved8. Jean Amery,: "Torture" from At the Mind's Limits9. Elie Wiesel,: "A Plea for the Dead" from Legends of Our TimeII JOURNALS AND DIARIES (Introduction)1. Abraham Lewin,: "Diary of the Great Deportation" from A Cup of Tears; A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto Langer (Holocaust Anthology)2. Joseph Zelkowicz,: "Days of Nightmare" from Lucy S.Dawidowicz, A Holocaust Reader3. Avraham Tory,: "Memoir" from Surviving the Holocaust: The Kovno Ghetto DiaryIII FICTION (Introduction)1. Ida Fink: "The Key Game," "A Spring Morning" from A Scrap of Time and Other Stories3. Isaiah Spiegel,: "Bread" From Midstream4. Bernard Gotfryd: "The Last Morning" from Anton the Dove Fancier and Other Tales of the Holocaust5. Aharon Appelfeld: Tzili6. Tadeusz Borowski: "This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen" from This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen7. Arnost Lustig: "Infinity" from Street of Lost Brothers8. Adolf Rudnicki: "The Crystal Stream" from Ascent to Heaven9. Alexander Kluge: "Lieutenant Boulanger" from Attendance List for a Funeral8. Jakov Lind: "Resurrection" from Soul of Wood9. Pierre Gascar: "Season of the Dead" from Beasts and Men and The SeedIV DRAMA (Introduction)Joshua Sobol: GhettoV POETRY (Introduction)1. Abraham Sutzkever: "War," "Faces in Swamps,"(I-V) "My every breath is a curse." "How?" "Grains of Wheat," "Stalks," "Frozen Jews," "Resurrection," "Black Thorns" from A. Sutzkever: Selected Poetry and Prose "In a Cell," "For My Child," "Burnt Pearls," "Poem About A Herring," "Self-Portrait" fromBurnt Pearls: Ghetto Poems of Abraham Sutzkever2. Dan Pagis: "Autobiography," "Europe, Late," "Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway-Car," "The Roll Call," "Testimony," "Instruction for Crossing the Border,"Draft of a Reparations Agreement," "Footprints," "Ready for Parting" from Points of Departure3. Paul Celan: "Death Fugue," "Aspen Tree," "With a Variable Key," "Nocturnally Pouting," "Tenebrae," "There Was Earth Inside Them," "Psalm," "Alchemical," "Radix, Matrix," "Tabernacle Window," " ...And No Kind Of" from Paul Celan: Poems "From Things Lost," "Sound-Dead Sister-Shell," "In the Cornerof Time," "From the Beam" from Last Poems4. Miklos Radnoti: "War Diary," "Il Faut Laisser...," "Guard and Protect Me," "In A Troubled Hour," "Like Death," "Floral Song," "The Fifth Eclogue (fragment)," "O Ancient Prisons," "Dreamscape," "Fragment," "Root," "A la Recherche...," "Forced March," "Razglednicas" from Zsuzsanna Ozsvath andFredrick Turner, eds., Foamy Sky: The Major Poems of Miklos Radnoti5. Nelly Sachs: "O the night of the weeping children!" "Even the old men's last breath," "What secret cravings of the blood," "You onlookers," "If I only new," "Chorus of the Rescued," "Chorus of the Unborn," "Night, night," "If the prophets broke in," "O the homeless colors of the evening sky!" "Inthe evening your vision widens," "Peoples of the earth," "Landscape of screams" from O The Chimneys and The Seeker and Other Poems6. Jacob Gladstein: "Good night, World," "God is a Sad Maharal," "I Have Never Been Here Before," "Smoke," "Cloud-Jew" from Richard J. Fein, ed., Selected Poems of Yankev GlatshteynVI PAINTERS OF TEREZIN1. Leo Haas: "The Affair of the Painters of Terezin" from Terezin2 20 halftones (black and white).

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 This volume of Holocaust literature provides a vision of catastrophic tragedy. In a collection of both fiction and non-fiction, Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology offers a sombre portrait of a brutal reality through art, drama, poetry and prose. This includes excerpts from the ghetto diaries of Abraham Lewin, 72 poems by six poets, most notably Nobel Prize Winner Nelly Sachs, several works of short fiction including Tadeusz Borowski’s “This Way For the Gas” and 20 works of art created in the Terezin concentration camp.

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"An excellent anthology that includes superior translations of a wide range of genres, composed by different types of authors--all introduced concisely, cogently and comprehensively. Well-done!"--Abraham Holtz, Jewish Theological Seminary