When Night Fell: An Anthology of Holocaust Short Stories

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"This important anthology sheds much light on the aesthetic and moral role of writers in representing the Shoah. By including both survivors and non-witnessing authors in their study, the Raphaels emphasize the universal and ongoing nature of this crucial issue." --Alan L. Berger, author, Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust
"The Raphaels have gathered for us--teachers, students, readers--a collection of short stories built on silence: from the unspeakable events of the Holocaust...
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Overview

"This important anthology sheds much light on the aesthetic and moral role of writers in representing the Shoah. By including both survivors and non-witnessing authors in their study, the Raphaels emphasize the universal and ongoing nature of this crucial issue." --Alan L. Berger, author, Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust
"The Raphaels have gathered for us--teachers, students, readers--a collection of short stories built on silence: from the unspeakable events of the Holocaust through the profound silence of history to the decorous silence of racism and probity. 'The story [of the Holocaust] is never-ending,' says the introduction. Without this book we'd know less than we must know to stay alive." --Hilda Raz, editor, The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Writing
Both survivors of the Holocaust and those who were not there agree that it is impossible to tell what happened as the Nazi Final Solution was put into effect. No writing can adequately imagine the concentration camps, ghettos, and death camps. And that is precisely why writers must tell--and retell--what happened there.
In When Night Fell, Linda Schermer Raphael and Marc Lee Raphael have collected twenty-six short stories that tell of the human toll of the Holocaust on those who survived its horrors, as well as later generations touched by its memory. The stories are framed by discussion of the current debate about who owns the Holocaust and who is entitled to speak about it.
Some of the stories included here are by internationally acclaimed authors. Others may be new to many readers. When Night Fell is a fitting memorial to this genocidal horror, putting eloquent voice to human endurance that is--almost--beyond words.
The authors included in When Night Fell:
S. Y. Agnon, Yehuda Amichai, Aharon Appelfeld, Sholem Asch, Giorgio Bassani, Rachmil Bryks, Chaver Paver, Ida (Stein) Fink, Pierre Gascar, Chaim Grade, Henryk Grynberg, Rachel Haring Korn, Arnost Lustig, Sara Nomberg-Przytyk, Hans Peter Richter, Isaiah Spiegel, Leonard Tushnet, S. L. Wisenberg, and Jerzy Zawieyski.
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Jewish Exponent
Linda Schermer Raphael and Mark Lee Raphael . . . again raise the question of whether art can somehow encompass barbarity. Their splendid compilation offers all sorts of fascinating answers to this conundrum.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813526638
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Night 1
My Father's Deaths 8
Bertha 17
Kitty 29
"Heil, Hitler!" 39
A Plaque on Via Mazzini 46
Artists in the Ghetto 72
Berele in the Ghetto 81
Bread 88
Children of the Lodz Ghetto 92
The Last Journey 97
The Boxing Match 104
The Death of Tsaritsa 110
The Season of the Dead 114
My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner 160
Uncle Aron 185
The Road of No Return 191
The Lemon 199
Stephen and Anne 217
Old Words - New Meanings 225
The Teacher 231
A Ghetto Dog 235
The Ban 244
Liberator 248
My Mother's War 255
Conrad in the Ghetto 261
Glossary 283
Further Reading 295
Copyrights and Permissions 299
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