Writ­ing in Wit­ness: A Holo­caust Reader

Eric J. Sundquist

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

A com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of the most impor­tant writ­ing to come out of the Holocaust.

Writ­ing in Wit­ness
 is a broad sur­vey of the most impor­tant writ­ing about the Holo­caust pro­duced by eye­wit­ness­es at the time and soon after. Whether they intend­ed to spark resis­tance and under­mine Nazi author­i­ty, to com­fort fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty, to beseech God, or to leave a memo­r­i­al record for pos­ter­i­ty, the writ­ers reflect on the pow­er and lim­i­ta­tions of the writ­ten word in the face of events often thought to be beyond rep­re­sen­ta­tion. The diaries, jour­nals, let­ters, poems, and oth­er works were cre­at­ed across a geog­ra­phy reach­ing from the Baltics to the Balka­ns, from the Atlantic coast to the heart of the Sovi­et Union, and in a wide array of orig­i­nal lan­guages. Along with the read­ings, Eric J. Sundquist’s intro­duc­tions pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive account of the Holo­caust as a his­tor­i­cal event. Includ­ing works by promi­nent authors such as Pri­mo Levi and Elie Wiesel as well as those lit­tle known or anony­mous, Writ­ing in Wit­ness pro­vides, in vital and mem­o­rable exam­ples, a wide-rang­ing account of the Holo­caust by those who felt the imper­a­tive to give writ­ten testimony.

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