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The Story of a German Officer

Having viewed the video above on Salitter, consider and discuss any application of the Szymborska’s categories from her poem vis-a-vis the German officer’s chosen behaviour.

More on Primo Levi

In this short biographical video on Primo Levi, made by Yad Vashem, there are several sketches and paintings done by survivors that have been laced into the dialogue.

The Difficulties of Liberation

Before we turn to the first poem dealing with liberation, we will present the short video above, which will help us understand the complexities facing the survivors at the end …

Discussing the Poem “Testimony”

From your understanding of the poem’s content and the tone of the writing, as it was presented in the video above, whom would you say Dan Pagis had placed on …

The Poem “Shema”

In the context of the historical background of the stages and difficulties of liberation, we proceed to the first poem in this lesson which deals with one survivor’s take on …

Concluding the Course

This last activity concludes our course on aspects of the Holocaust as seen through eleven poems that we chose in the hope that we could open a few avenues of …

Philosophical Reverberations

The Meaning of the ‘Mark of Cain’ The Cain of Pagis’s attention is the big brother who is to be apprised of his mother’s message as soon as contact is …

Final Messages and the Scourge of Denial

The Human Need to Leave Testimony An outstanding feature of this short poem is its non-completion. The last line, “Tell him that I” leaves the message that Eve wishes to …

Testimony by Dan Pagis

This activity opens with the profile of Holocaust survivor Dan Pagis: Dan Pagis was born in Bukovina, Romania in 1930 into a German speaking Jewish family. He was eleven years …

Welcome to the course

It is our warm pleasure to welcome you to this course on Poetry and the Holocaust that has been devised and put together at Yad Vashem. My name is Jackie …