Reznikoff's subject is one people's suffering at the hand of another. His source materials are the U.S. government's record of the trials of the Nazi criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunal and the transcript...more
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I prefer the latter verb. And never has that verb been more true than for Charles Reznikoff's "Holocaust."
For this poem, Reznikoff doesn't write a word. The poem is built on two sources, the Nurenberg war trials and transcripts of the Adolf Eichmann trial.
Reznikoff never intrudes upon these texts: he slices, edits and lineates. He does not comment on the horrors the words recount.
And horrors there are a'plenty.
Reznikoff does not write, ...more
Reznikoff collaged fragments from the courtroom transcripts of various trials (e.g., the Nuremberg trials, the Eichmann t ...more
I found that Mr. Reznikoff's poem was heartfelt, touching and objective. Although this subject can be very disturbing, this book gives the horrific details without being too graphic for the reader. Also, have some Kleenex nearby!
That being said, I think it will really change the way I teach the book Nightthis year. I think there is a certain truth to it that most memoir doesn't convey. While the trials are made up of testimony/memories themselves, the process of making testamonies in court seems to have more validity than most diary-style memoirs.
The challenge is going to be choosing which poems to teach. How Rezniko ...more