Numbered Days: Diaries and the Holocaust

Numbered Days: Diaries and the Holocaust

by Alexandra Garbarini
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300112521

ISBN-13: 9780300112528

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

As the Nazis swept across Europe during World War II, Jewish victims wrote diaries in which they grappled with the terror unfolding around them.  Some wrote simply to process the contradictory bits of news they received; some wrote so that their children, already safe in another country, might one day understand what had happened to their parents; and some

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As the Nazis swept across Europe during World War II, Jewish victims wrote diaries in which they grappled with the terror unfolding around them.  Some wrote simply to process the contradictory bits of news they received; some wrote so that their children, already safe in another country, might one day understand what had happened to their parents; and some wrote to furnish unknown readers in the outside world with evidence against the Nazi regime.
Were these diarists resisters, or did the process of writing make the ravages of the Holocaust even more difficult to bear? Drawing on an astonishing array of unpublished and published diaries from all over German-occupied Europe, historian Alexandra Garbarini explores the multiple roles that diary writing played in the lives of these ordinary women and men. A story of hope and hopelessness, Numbered Days offers a powerful examination of the complex interplay of writing and mourning. And in these heartbreaking diaries, we see the first glimpses of a question that would haunt the twentieth century: Can such unimaginable horror be represented at all?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300112528
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Historical and theoretical considerations1
2Historians and martyrs22
3News readers58
4Family correspondents95
5Reluctant messengers129
Conclusion : "a stone under history's wheel"162

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