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Landscapes of the metropolis of death : reflections on memory and imagination

Author: Otto Dov Kulka
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press editionView all editions and formats
The historian reveals his experiences as a child inmate at Auschwitz, presenting a personal and historical account of life at the camp and of the private mythology he constructed to understand his past.

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Named Person: Otto Dov Kulka; Otto Dov Kulka; Otto Dov Kulka; Otto Dov Kulka
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Otto Dov Kulka
ISBN: 9780674072893 0674072898 1846146836 9781846146831
OCLC Number: 812067705
Language Note: "Text originally written in Hebrew and translated by Ralph Mandel, except 'Ghetto in an annihilation camp', which was first presented in English at the Fourth Yad Vashem International History Conference"--Publisher's note.
Description: xii, 127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. A prologue that could also be an epilogue --
2. Between Theresienstadt and Auschwitz --
3. The final liquidation of the 'family camp' --
Autumn 1944: Auschwitz, ghostly metropolis --
5. Observations and perplexities about scenes in the memory --
6. Three poems from the brink of the gas chambers --
7. Journey to the satellite city of the metropolis of death --
8. Landscapes of a private mythology --
9. Rivers which cannot be crossed and the 'Gate of the Law' --
10. In search of history and memory --
Three chapters from the diaries. 11. Dream: Jewish Prague and the Great Death ; 12. Doctor Mengele frozen in time ; 13. God's grieving.
Other Titles: Nofim mi-meṭropolin ha-maṿet.
Responsibility: Otto Dov Kulka ; translated by Ralph Mandel.


A memoir that explores the permanent and indelible marks left by the Holocaust and a childhood spent in Auschwitz.  Read more...


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'A poetic masterpiece unlike anything else written on the subject' -- Simon Schama * Telegraph BOOKS OF THE YEAR * This is one of the most remarkable testimonies to inhumanity that I know. The deeply Read more...

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