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Holocaust Poetry by Hilda Schiff
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message 1: by Caitlin (last edited Jun 30, 2011 09:55PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Caitlin I wouldn't go that far. I'm very glad I ordered it! There were some very good poems. I think Holocaust poetry is just very different from other Holocaust literature. I don't know if it has found its voice, the way prose has. When you think of Holocaust writers, you think of Elie Wiesel, Anne Frank, and Primo Levi primarily (I know others, but I'm talking about the general public), you don't necessarily think of poets and I think there is still a struggle to condense the immense proportions of the atrocity to poetry. People connect with the very personal accounts written by survivors and victims and often those come in the form of prose. The book definitely made me think, and it exposed me to new writers that I intend to research, and I will definitely be posting some of the poems soon because there were a few that were just perfection. I wish there were more anthologies. The poems that hit me hardest were the ones written by people as they were living through The Holocaust, those in the ghettoes, for example; and the generation that was raised by Holocaust survivors. These two groups really delved into the tragedy in an interesting way, albeit from different perspectives. I really like the book and it is an important addition to my ever-growing collection of Holocaust books.

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