Voices from the Killing Ground
in der Zeitenschrunde,
wartet, ein Atemkristall,
in the time-crevasse,
there waits, as a breath-crystal,
"What madness is it that drives one to list the various kinds of Jews who were destroyed?" Rachel Auerbach asked herself in "Yizkor, 1943," as the Nazis systematically liquidated the Warsaw Ghetto. Written on the "Aryan side" of Warsaw, Auerbach's lament for the ghetto Jews represents one piece of a vast project to document Jewish life and its brutal destruction. The "madness" that drove Auerbach to document the struggles of the Warsaw ghetto compelled countless others to write, to record, and to preserve a record of Jewish life and Jewish deaths.1
More than forty years later, in The Drowned and the Saved, Primo Levi explains that because the dead cannot tell their own story, sur
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Book title: Voicing the Void:Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction. Contributors: Sara R. Horowitz - Author. Publisher: State University of New York Press. Place of publication: Albany, NY. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 47.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.