Nach Auschwitz

Although the poets in the Holocaust share with their post-Holocaust counterparts fundamental historical and suprahistorical concerns...the former show much less concern with issues of aestheticism that were to preoccupy the latter. The ongoing debate among postwar writers on the inappropriateness of aesthetic forms to articulate the horror of what David Rousset called l'univers concentrationnaire (cconcentrationary universe), did not trouble the poets in the Holocaust, even if some of them intuitively avoided high rhetoric..... Warnings that there are inherent dangers in transcribing the horrors of the Holocaust into artistic representations would probably astonish most of the writers in the Holocaust.
-Frieda W. Aaron in Bearing the Unbearable: Yiddish and Polish Poetry in the Ghettos and Concentration Camps

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