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Author Patterson, David, 1948-

Title Along the edge of annihilation : the collapse and recovery of life in the Holocaust diary / David Patterson
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1999


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Description xi, 311 pages ; 25 cm
Contents The Writer and the Writing -- The Consciousness of the Book -- The Measure of Time -- The Chronicle of the Holy -- Assailing God -- The Crumbling of Creation -- Meaning Undone -- The Fragmentation of Home and Family -- The Assault on the Feminine -- The Suffocation of the Child -- The Human Image Defiled -- Death and the Death of Death -- Clinging to Life -- Reopening Remarks: The Assignation of the Reader
Summary This book is based on more than fifty diaries of Jewish Holocaust victims of all ages, written while the events described were actually taking place. Many of the manscripts were literally buried by their authors, who wrote knowing that their words might never be read by others but nonetheless did their best to preserve them. Many of the writers did not survive. Patterson's book is unique not only in the number of diaries and original texts it examines but also in the questions it raises and in the approach it takes from within Jewish traditions and contexts
Patterson has organized his book around a series of themes that lead to a deeper understanding of the meaning of these works for both their writers and their readers, affirming the Holocaust diary as a form of spiritual resistance. Throughout, he draws upon his impressive knowledge of Jewish texts, ancient and modern - Torah, Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, the medieval commentators, the Hasidic masters, and modern Jewish philosophers and thinkers
Notes "A Samuel & Althea Stroum book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-304) and index
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives -- History and criticism.
Jews -- Diaries -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Personal narratives.
LC no. 98043862
ISBN 0295977825 cloth alkaline paper
0295977833 paper alkaline paper