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Holocaust Poetry

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  17 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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Jul 25, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
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
Hank Francom
This book is a very sad but true book. I knew that the holocaust was a horrible thing but this book really opened my eyes a little more.

It must have been so sad to be alive during the holocaust. Not just the perecuted but also the pursecutors- the Nazis. Maybe the Nazis felt bad about it or maybe they felt like Hitler forced them to do what they did. The holocaust was horrible: It was when Hitler tried to kill all the Jewish people and all the people who didn't fit this stereotype of tall, blon
Jan 01, 2017 Lovebell rated it really liked it
A most most depressing read. Yet at the same time, a most important one because it teaches us to treasure what we have. The words are also testimony to the strength of humanity and also reminds us of humanity. A must read for everyone. While it's easy to breeze through, the imagery and cadence of the poems will stay with you for some time to come.
Dec 18, 2009 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Garrett Zecker
Jul 30, 2011 Garrett Zecker rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2012 Cassie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: poets, writers, holocaust survivors, holocaust students
Recommended to Cassie by: English 400- Remembering the Holocaust @Ball State University
Shelves: anthology
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
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Aug 26, 2013 Jodie Flandinette rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2014 LadyGrey23 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 15, 2015 Revelle rated it it was amazing
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.
May 28, 2012 Snow rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Some very moving pieces, some disturbing. A very good range of emotional work, which of course the Holocaust birthed.
Dec 02, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 27, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I am very interested in the Holocaust and this made it even more emotional for me. I could only read one a night.
May 07, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
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).
Jun 17, 2009 Jayne rated it really liked it
A variety of poetry related to the Holocaust. Some are great read alouds for students to help build their background knowledge of the time.
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