Marie Syrkin: On "Holocaust"

While he was still obdurately producing more Testimony I urged him to use the technique of law cases for another project--the Nazi extermination of European Jewry. Available were the records of the Nuremberg trials and other accounts. Remembering his moving "Kaddish," written in the thirties, and various later poems I hoped for a lyrical threnody. But Charles was committed to his system. He refused to use any material from numerous first-hand witness reports. Only the records of the Nuremberg Trial and of the Eichmann Trial were to be his sources; nor would he allow himself any subjective outcry. Again the bare facts, as selected by him, would speak for themselves: there would be no tampering with the experience through imagery or heightened language. The Black Sparrow Press brought out Holocaust in 1975.


Title Marie Syrkin: On "Holocaust" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Milton Hindus Criticism Target Charles Reznikoff
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 25 May 2020
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication "Charles Reznikoff: A Memoir"
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