Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust
Debs, Howard and Silverman, Matthew (Eds)
New Voices is ground-breaking. The editors selected 58 distinct images from noted collections consisting of vintage photography, propaganda posters, newsreel stills and the like, matching each to a poet, short story or flash fiction writer, plus features by essayists as well. Each writer interpreted these ‘silent witnesses’ from the period in their own unique way, creating new perspectives for our times.
The book is divided into four parts: Part I covers the rise of Nazism and heightening antisemitism. Writers focus on key aspects and events including the Beer Hall Putsch, the Berlin Olympics, the Kindertransport project, the voyage of the MS St. Louis and Kristallnacht. Part II revolves around forced labor, ghettos, and extermination, dealing with such topics as death squads, the ‘final solution’ and collaborators like the French Vichy government. Part III is all about escape, rescue, and resistance, including the remarkable Danish rescue of its Jewish population, the Warsaw ghetto uprising, the Sobibor revolt, shedding light on heroes and resistance fighters and the Ringelblum Archive, considered one of the most important examples of cultural resistance in history. Part IV deals with the aftermath, liberation of concentration camp prisoners, the refugee crisis, the ‘Exodus 1947’, Nuremberg trials and UN Vote to Partition Palestine.
Taken together this diverse group, including writers of color, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, LGBTQ, prominent and emerging writers from around the world, have contributed a powerful body of work, based on the Holocaust, that challenges worrying international trends of xenophobia, anti-democratic movements and alternative truths by recognising the power of art to portray truth.
Expected April 2020
200 pages 58 illustrations