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Auschwitz and after (SIGNED)

Delbo, Charlotte; Rosette C. Lamont

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ISBN 10: 0300062087 / ISBN 13: 9780300062083
Published by Yale University Press, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED and inscribed by Rosette C. Lamont to Professor Arnold J. Band. ; Tight, clean and crisp. Sunning to dustjacket's spine, otherwise in excellent condition and now protected in a new Mylar cover. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. ; Arnold Band is professor emeritus of Hebrew and comparative literature at UCLA, and founder (in 1969) of the UCLA Comparative Literature Program. ; 8.30 X 5.80 X 1.50 inches; 360 pages; Signed by Translator. Bookseller Inventory # 27810

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Title: Auschwitz and after (SIGNED)

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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In March 1942, French police arrested Charlotte Delbo and her husband, the resistance leader Georges Dudach, on a charge of distributing anti-German leaflets in Paris. The French turned them over to the Gestapo, who imprisoned them. Dudach was executed by firing squad in May; Delbo remained in prison until January 1943, when she was deported to Auschwitz and then to Ravensbruck, where she remained until the end of the war. This book - Delbo's profoundly moving vignettes, poems, and prose poems of life in the concentration camps and afterward - is a memoir of great literary value. It is a unique document by a female resistance leader, a non-Jew, and a remarkable writer who transforms the experience of the Holocaust into spare, austere, yet lyric prose.

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In1942, Charlotte Delbo (1913^-85) and her husband were arrested in their Paris apartment, where they were preparing to distribute anti-German leaflets. He was executed, and she was deported first to Auschwitz and then to the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Auschwitz and After, first published in France as three separate books (None of Us Will Return, Useless Knowledge, and The Measure of Our Days), is a memoir about her experiences in the camps. Delbo, a non-Jew, recounts the daily struggle to stay alive while besieged with hunger, thirst, abuse, fatigue, and despair. She also relates the recollections of survivors of her own work group and their difficulties in returning to a normal life, as well as her return to France after her liberation. A small portion of the memoir is written in the form of poetry. Holocaust scholar Lawrence Langer has written a penetrating introduction to this masterpiece, in which he says that Delbo writes "not as a heroine but as a victim. Her language is exquisite, but the pain of her memories is not, and this may help to explain why her audience has never been very large." Finally translated into English, this unique memoir will be able to reach the larger audience that it deserves. George Cohen

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