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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Arnost Lustig Children of the Holocaust

Arnost Lustig Children of the Holocaust

(Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1995); pp. 516

Arnost Lustig Children of the Holocaust
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Michael Greenstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reviews Arnost Lustig's Children of the Holocaust. Children of the Holocaust brings together two earlier collections of short stories, Night and Hope and Diamonds of the Night, as well as a novella, Darkness Casts no Shadow. As these titles indicate, Lustig thrusts his readers into a world of perpetual darkness with only the slightest glimmer of light. That dim flicker of hope resides in the survivor's memorial candle, for that alone puts an end to the Nazis' years of terror, brutality, and torture that run through every page of Lustig's writing. Each of Lustig's stories tears at the flesh of character and reader: his fiction provides the phenomenology for understanding the reality of the history of the Holocaust.

Keywords:   Arnost Lustig, Children of the Holocaust, short stories, Holocaust survivors, Jewish survivors, Nazis, Holocaust

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