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By Charlotte Delbo

Written by means of a member of the French resistance who turned an incredible literary determine in postwar France, this relocating memoir of lifestyles and loss of life in Auschwitz and the postwar stories of ladies survivors has develop into a key textual content for Holocaust experiences periods. This moment variation contains an up to date and elevated creation and new bibliography by means of Holocaust student Lawrence L. Langer.
“Delbo’s beautiful and unflinching account of existence and demise below Nazi atrocity grows fiercer and richer with time. the excellent new creation through Lawrence L. Langer illuminates the subtlety and complexity of Delbo’s meditation on reminiscence, time, culpability, and survival, within the context of what Langer calls the ‘afterdeath’ of the Holocaust. Delbo’s strong trilogy belongs on each bookshelf.”—Sara R. Horowitz, York University
Winner of the 1995 American Literary Translators organization Award

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Not to see the dark holes of these eye sockets, these staring holes. What does she want to do? Reach the electrified barbed-wire fence? Why does she stare at us? Isn't she pointing at me? Imploring me? I turn away to look elsewhere. Elsewhere. Elsewhere—ahead of us—is the gate of block 25. Standing, wrapped in a blanket, a child, a little boy. A tiny, shaven head, a face with jutting jaws and a salient superciliary arch. Barefoot, he jumps up and down ceaselessly with a frenzy like that of some barbaric dance.

One struggles against all reason. 16 The chimney smokes. The sky is low. Smoke sweeps across the camp weighing upon us and enveloping us with the odor of burning flesh. None of Us Will Return / 17 The Dummies "Look. " We were crouching on our tier, on the boards which were used by us as bed, table, floor. The roof was very low You could only fit there sitting down, head lowered. There were eight of us, perched on a narrow platform, a group of friends death would separate. Soup had been dealt out.

Finally the woman fell to the bottom of the ditch. She turns her head as if to measure the distance, looks upward. One can observe a growing bewilderment in her eyes, her hands, her convulsed face. "Why are all these women looking at me like this? Why are they None of Us Will Return / 25 here, lined up in close ranks, standing immobile? They look at me yet do not seem to see me. They cannot possibly see me, or they wouldn't stand there gaping. They'd help me climb up. Why don't you help me, you standing so close?

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