Vittel Diary (22.5.43-16.9.43)

Vittel Diary Yitzhak Katzenelson s Vittel Diary is much a jeremiad of exceptional power than it is a diary This work which was composed in in Vittel an internment camp in eastern France has relatively litt

  • Title: Vittel Diary (22.5.43-16.9.43)
  • Author: Itzhak Katzenelson Myer Coben
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Yitzhak Katzenelson s Vittel Diary is much a jeremiad of exceptional power than it is a diary This work, which was composed in 1943 in Vittel, an internment camp in eastern France, has relatively little to say about life in this comparatively benign place The greatest horror that Vittel had to offer to the inhabitants was the real and ever present fear of being declYitzhak Katzenelson s Vittel Diary is much a jeremiad of exceptional power than it is a diary This work, which was composed in 1943 in Vittel, an internment camp in eastern France, has relatively little to say about life in this comparatively benign place The greatest horror that Vittel had to offer to the inhabitants was the real and ever present fear of being declared stateless and deported to a death camp That is what, in fact, did happen to Katzenelson and his eldest son who was incarcerated in Vittel with him both were deported to Auschwitz, where they were murdered.In terms of specific and concrete historical information, Katzenelson s Vittel Diary has quite a lot to say about the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, to which he was an eyewitness as well as being involved with the resistance It should be mentioned that by 1942 Katzenelson was well informed and fully aware of what was happening to European Jewry He also learned that his wife and two younger sons had been deported to a concentration camp where, he assumed with good reason, they had been separated from each other, stripped naked, and gassed The overarching structure, theme, and style of this work are informed by Katzenelson s need to give voice to the ineffable anguish and devastation he feels at the loss of the two things he loves most dearly the Jewish people and his family.

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    1. This isn't really a diary. It is in the sense that it has dated entries, but Katznelson rarely writes about current events. Instead his book is one long cry of grief and anger, mourning his wife Chanah and two sons, 14-year-old Ben Zion and 11-year-old Binyomin (all sent to Treblinka), and by extension all the Jews of Europe. It was difficult for me to read, not because of the subject matter but because it was very repetitive. Katznelson could think of nothing but his loss -- and who can blame h [...]

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