This way for the gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

I am sometimes embarassed of my interest in holocaust literature. There is something morbid about wanting to read the tales of death chambers, of cattle cars, of people being pulled out of their homes in middle of the night. And yet, it is such a bizarre side of reality – something so humongous and beyond…

Eichmann in Jerusalem

I am glad that online bookstores have finally found their way to India. Despite the numerous instances of canceled orders or ‘Out of stock’ messages that you encounter when dealing with them, they do offer you a chance to get your hands on a few books that remain elusive. Eichmann in Jerusalem was one of…

Still Alive: A Holocaust girlhood remembered

Difficult times are often swept under the carpet. The natural course is to run away from them, almost negating and denying the memory. Most tragic events are narrated not by people who suffered them, but those who heard/read/researched about them, sometimes being born in the same century being their only claim to that narration. Perhaps…

Liquidation

I am currently on a roll of experimenting with European tragedy. After Roth’s disillusioned hero, I am now meeting the alienated, fate-less anti-heroes of Bernhard’s Frost and Kertesz’s Liquidation. Though Frost, with all its density of thought and observation will take me sometime, I was able to get through the slim volume of Liquidation soon…

Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald

While studying history, the two world wars captured my imagination more than any other historical event. However, even amidst these, I was most haunted by the holocaust – a tragedy of boundless dimensions that touched and wrecked the life of millions of beings. Since then, I have come across this horrific truth in many movies…

Sophie’s Choice

I have been stumbling upon too many Meryl Streep movies lately – it appears that she figures in many important ones. That perhaps is explained once you see her act – for she is a graceful actress – a woman with substance and it is hard to shrug her away with decoratory roles.The latest in…

Judgement at Nuremberg

The entire world condemned what happened during the holocaust and the atrocities Hitler and SS unleashed on humanity. The Germans themselves suffered significantly in the aftermath of the world war and were perhaps subdued for a long while under a towering guilt. The legimitation of the guilt was done by the allies, primarily US by…