By Norma Rosen
For Norma Rosen, the Holocaust is the principal occasion of the 20th century. during this publication, she examines the connection of post-Holocaust writers to their paintings when it comes to topic, language, imagery, and dealing with as much as the duty of writing in a post-Holocaust period. She considers the paintings of such significant affects on our time as T. S. Eliot, Simone Weil, Anne Frank, E. L. Doctorow, Norman Mailer, Eugenio Montale, Philip Roth, and Saul Bellow. injuries of impact combines severe research with own reaction and autobiographical moments. It contains quotidian encounters in friendship, intercourse, society, artwork, politics, reaction to violence, and spiritual observance, which fight for ethical flooring during this post-Holocaust period.
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Did she make the profound spiritual error of not granting separate identity to those who resembled her, transgressing fearfully in that case against her own idea of "attention," the respect due another human being? Translated to theology, the way leads to the inquisitorial fires. They were to her an "accursed people," she records among similar jottings in her 1942 New York notebook. " But the record shows nothing of that. She refused to take nourishment—literally ate herself alive ("More than anything else, I fear remorse," she had said).
And it isn't that I see Jewish life so differently from the way those writers do. But if we write about debasement and vulgarity Page 44 without showing or knowing that there has been a defection from the nobility of Jewish ideas—what shall we call ourselves? After the publication of Hannah Arendt's book, Eichmann in Jerusalem, in which she criticized the Judenrat, the Jewish council appointed by the Nazis to enforce their antiJewish decrees, Gershom Scholem wrote to her to say that she lacked "ahavat Yisrael"—love of the Jewish people.
He is too old, and the breast of his choice is too empty; he only mauls it with his teeth. How to write as a Jew and as an artist, with honorable effort toward both those attributes. Of course one "happens" to be a Jew—one happens to be everything one happens to be—and everything one happens to be digs into the soul. Jewish mothers were smothering; Jewish daughters were princesses; Jewish sons were trying to get out from under all that and touch America, because of course they were the ones who would become the writers.
Accidents of Influence: Writing As a Woman and a Jew in America by Norma Rosen