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Wednesday’s WIP: Kristallnacht in Poetry & Prose (Part II)

The shattered stained glass windows of the Zerrennerstrasse synagogue after its destruction on Kristallnacht. Pforzheim, Germany, ca. November 10, 1938. (USHMM/Stadtarchiv Pforzheim)

The shattered stained glass windows of the Zerrennerstrasse synagogue after its destruction on Kristallnacht. Pforzheim, Germany, ca. November 10, 1938. (USHMM/Stadtarchiv Pforzheim)

If you follow my other blog (My Machberet), you may have noticed a weekend post about the 75th anniversary of the pogrom known as “Kristallnacht” and ways in which the event has shown up in my own writing, particularly in some of the stories in my collection Quiet Americans.

But I’m far from the only one to have written about Kristallnacht in some way. This week also brought plenty of reminders of that fact.

  • After seeing my post, Lawrence Schimel pointed me to this piece of his. Via Twitter, he added that it is part of a larger project–“IN THE SCHWARZWALD: poems using Grimm fairy tales as the lens through which to examine the Holocaust.”
  • Also notable: Janet Kirchheimer’s op-ed, published last week, about Holocaust remembrance through poetry. (I met Janet and became familiar with her work when we appeared on a panel together in 2011.)
  • Finally, this week brought me the good fortune of meeting up here in New York with Jonathan Kirsch, whose latest book (The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris), is intimately connected with the history of Kristallnacht.
  • How about you? Are there any literary works you’d recommend that address Kristallnacht?

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