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Holocaust Poetry

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  154 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The only known collection of its kind currently in print, this important volume includes the work of 59 poets--among them Auden, Brecht, Celan, Jarrell, Levi, Milosz, Plath, Sexton, Spender, Wiesel, and Yevtushenko--writing on a range of subjects that are indelibly linked with the Holocaust. Collecting 119 poems in all, Holocaust Poetry commemorates the sanctity of those w ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1995)
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Such an intense book. I found it interesting that everyone who saw me with this book, opened their eyes really wide and looked sort of sarcastically at me--eyebrows lifted with a "really?" look on their faces. Part of this I am sure is because I have suffered from depression for many years and they were thinking "wow, way to wallow"...but I honestly did not feel that way reading this.
It grabbed my attention immediately when I saw it at the library. I find the Holocaust fascinating, but not in
Holocaust Poetry compiled by and introduced by Hilda Schiff is a collection of poetry dealing with World War II and the Holocaust. The compilation is divided into six sections: Alienation; Persecution; Rescuers, Bystanders, Perpetrators; Afterwards; Second Generation; and Lessons. There are well-known poems in this collection and poems from young children. A few of the poems in this collection already have been featured on Savvy Verse & Wit's Virtual Poetry Circle; check out "If" by Edward B ...more
I have to say I felt self-conscious reading this. The words "holocaust" and "poetry just don't sound appropriate put together. But this really was an exceptional book.
This volume is sectioned off in a way that gives a glimpse of the victim's experiences from persecution to ghetto to death camps to survivors. Some poems were beautiful, other very disturbing....there was one about a baker that put images in my head I can't seem to get out.
Garrett Zecker
An excellent compilation that was given to me by a friend visiting the Holocaust Memorial in Washington. This beautiful volume speaks a great deal about the human condition and the poetic response to an atrocity that is completely indescribable. Where there weren't any words remaining, Hilda Schiff cherry picked a great deal of works that use words in their most eloquent and bold manifestation to allow for the emotion and limits of the human mind to touch upon what and where and how these events ...more
I felt this book so deeply, so intensely, that I honestly have no words for it. Tears ran down my face and my heart hurt. I heard family members I never got to know, cousins that were never born, friends that were kept from time- all whispering through the pages of this book.
Feb 09, 2012 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poets, writers, holocaust survivors, holocaust students
Recommended to Eric by: English 400- Remembering the Holocaust @Ball State University
I knew going into this particular collection that I would find it an unpleasant experience, which is largely why this didn't get one star. I am not a fan of poetry of any sort. I don't get the deeper meaning of poets and do not looking for those hidden nuances that are intended. Here while all the pieces reflect an overarching theme I can't say one in particular stood out for me. It was interesting to see another way of conveying ones thoughts about this horrible point of history, but it is just ...more
Jodie Flandinette
A wonderful collection of thoughts and insights from the people who lived through one the most startling and destructive events in history. For any level of reader, the choices of poetry samples stretch from before the Holocaust, during, and the aftermath on the human psyche long after the camps. You will cry. Your hair will stand on end. You will put the book down after being emotionally taxed.. and just as quickly, pick it back up to continue in the torture. A strong reminder to learn from the ...more
Shelby  Lauren
Beautiful and emotional. Now I'm a huge fan of war poetry! Review to come.
Kristen Pollard
This is an excellent collection of poetry that really captures some of the raw emotions of the Holocaust; a must-have supplement to any purely historical or narrative text.
Read as part of the class project I was doing on death poetry (because the teacher thought I shouldn't do a project just about suicide poetry).
A variety of poetry related to the Holocaust. Some are great read alouds for students to help build their background knowledge of the time.
I am very interested in the Holocaust and this made it even more emotional for me. I could only read one a night.
May 28, 2012 Snow rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Some very moving pieces, some disturbing. A very good range of emotional work, which of course the Holocaust birthed.
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