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Literature of the Holocaust: Prose, Poetry and Drama

Brown, Jean E., Elaine C. Stephens, and Janet Rubin, Comps. Images from the Holocaust: A Literature Anthology. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Pub. Group, 1997. D804.195 .I43 1997
Includes poetry, historical accounts, biographical sketches, and drama. Chapter 1 focuses on writings about "Rumblings of Danger," and Chapter 3 is "Fleeing for Their Lives.".

Felstiner, John. Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew. New Haven: Yale UP, 1995. PT2605 .E4 Z599 1995
Celan (Antschel) is perhaps Germany's most important post-WWII poet. This biography includes translations of some of his poems and writings. Celan was an East European Jew, deported to a Soviet work camp. He survived to be exiled in Paris, where he eventually took his own life in 1970.

Friedman, Carl. Nightfather. New York: Persea, 1995.
PT5881.16.R48 T7313 1994
Friedman is a well known feminist author from Holland who is a child of Holocaust survivors. This is a short novel is based on her own life and illustrates how such children can become victims of the victims of the Holocaust.

Fuchs, Elinor, ed. Plays of the Holocaust: An International Anthology. New York: Theatre Communications, 1987.
PN6120.H73 P54 1987
Six plays about the Holocaust created over a forty year period by authors from 6 nations: Nelly Sachs, Liliane Atlan, Peter Barnes, Jozef Szajna, Joshua Sobol, James Schevill and Alvin Goldfarb.

Kertész, Imre. Kaddish for a Child Not Born. Evanston, IL: Hydra Books, 1997.
PH3281 .K3815 K313 1997
A novel by a Jewish Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust, centered on a middle-aged man who explains that he cannot bring a child into a world where the Holocaust occurred. Kertész won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Kovner, Abba, and Shirley Kaufman. My Little Sister and Selected Poems, 1965-1985. Oberlin, Ohio: Oberlin University, 1986.
PJ5054.K6 M9 1986
Poems by a Lithuanian leader of partisans, and one of Israel's most recognized poets.

Kushner, Tony. Tony Kushner in Conversation. Ed. Robert Vorlicky. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1998.
PS3561.U778 Z476 1998
Interviews of the author of Angels in America with notables such as Susan Sontag, "On Art and Politics" and Naomi Wallace, "Poetry, Plays, Politics, and Shifting Geographies."

Kushner, Tony. A Bright Room Called Day. New York: Theatre Communications, 1994.
PS3561 .U778 B7 1994
Parallels the responses of a group of friends to Hitler and Nazism with more current comparisons to the administrations of Presidents Reagan and Bush.

Langer, Lawrence L. Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology. New York: Oxford UP, 1995.
D804.3 .A78 1995
A collection of art, drama, poetry, prose, fiction, and journals.

Lebow, Barbara. A Shayna Maidel. New York: New American Library, 1988. PS3562.E2648 S53 1988
A shayna maidel translates to a pretty girl. This play is set in an apartment in New York City's West Side, the home of a family where an older sister, a Holocaust survivor arrives in 1946.

Marans, Jon. Old Wicked Songs. New York: Fireside Theatre, 1996. PS3563.A625 O6 1996
Set in Austria, 1986 when a young American musician visits in hope of regaining his confidence in order to play the piano again. He meets a vocal coach, visits Dachau and the drama proceeds.

Mulisch, Harry, 1927. The Assault. New York: Pantheon, 1986.
PT5860.M85 A6313 1986
A novel by one of Holland's most prominent writers about a young man who witnessed an assassination of a Nazi collaborator and whose suppressed memories surfaced much later. Mulisch's own mother was Jewish and his father was jailed as a collaborator after the war.

Némirovsky, Irène. Suite Française. New York: Knopf, 2006.
PQ2627.E4 S8513 2006
A novel written by a Jewish writer living in Paris just months before she is arrested and sent to Auschwitz. The novel begins in Paris, 1940 with the Nazi invasion, and details what people do for survival: "Some choose resistance, others collaboration, and as their community is transformed by these acts, the lives of these men and women revel nothing less than the very essence of humanity" (from the dust jacket).

Plant, Deborah G. Every Tub must Sit on its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1995.
PS3515.U789 Z82 1995
The author teaches Africana Studies at the University of South Florida and examines Hurston's works in the way they challenge the politics of domination.

Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980. Ship of Fools. Boston: Little, 1962.
PZ3 .P8315 Sh 1962
A novel in allegory form that takes place aboard the German ship, Vera, which means "truth" and a group of passengers on their way to Bremerhaven, Germany in 1931.

Sachs, Nelly. O the Chimneys; Selected Poems, Including the Verse Play, Eli a Mystery Play of the Sufferings of Israel. New York, Farrar. 1967. PT2637.A4184 A6 1967
Poems and a play by a German Jew who escaped in 1940, and who shared the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966.

Sherman, Martin. Rose. Garden City, NY; Stage & Screen, 1999.
PS3569.H433 R6 1999
A one-woman play first performed in London in 1999. Olympia Dukakis played Rose, an 80-year-old woman who survived the Warsaw ghetto, traveled to Palestine and then America where she starts another family.

Velmans-Van Hessen, Edith. Edith's Story. New York: Soho, 1999.
DS135.N6 N4613 1999b
Edith was four years older than Anne Frank and lived in Holland. She also went into hiding the same month that Anne did, but in a southern city, Breda, with a Protestant family. She lived openly, identified as a relative, and actually looked after a German officer billeted in the same home.

Vollmann, William T. Europe Central. New York: Penguin, 2005.
PZ4.V6655 Eu 2005
A novel telling many stories of real people and fictional ones that reveals moral choices force on individuals by totalitarian regimes and during wartime.

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