My Little Sister and Selected Poems, 1965-1985

My Little Sister and Selected Poems, 1965-1985

My Little Sister and Selected Poems, 1965-1985

My Little Sister and Selected Poems, 1965-1985

Synopsis

Abba Kovner's My Little Sister, an acclaimed major poem-sequence about the Holocause, is published here in a revised translation from the Hebrew, with a selection from Kovner's work since 1965.

Excerpt

A cloister's wall is high.
A wall of silence
still higher.
My Little Sister, 8

"During the trial of Adolph Eichmann," Abba Kovner recalls, "I tried to make clear the special feeling of isolation common to European Jews. In answer to a question from one of the judges, I explained that there were three walls of isolation. The first wall was a physical wall that the Germans put up between us and the world. If you tore this wall down there was another one -- the neighbors you lived with before the war, who had become a threatening wall. And behind this there was a third wall--a feeling that the whole world outside was indifferent."

Testimony in a courtroom is one thing, but the transformation of such feeling, memory, and experience into art is something quite different.

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