Nine suitcases

Jonathan Cape, 23.03.2004 - 324 Seiten
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First appearing in May 1946 at a time when there was, of course, no “Holocaust literature,”Nine Suitcasesappeared in weekly installments in Haladás. Concentrating on his experiences in the ghetto of Nagyvárad and as a forced labourer in the Ukraine, Zsolt provides not only a rare insight into Hungarian fascism, but a shocking exposure of the cruelty, selfishness, cowardice and betrayal of which human beings – the victims no less than the perpetrators – are capable of in extreme circumstances. Apart from being one of the earliest writers on the Holocaust, Zsolt is also one of the most powerful: he bears comparison with Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel or Imre Kertész.Nine Suitcasesis a horror story but, sadly, a true one. Zsolt was both a journalist and an accomplished novelist. He reports and analyzes the appalling events almost immediately after they occurred, with a devastating blend of despair and cool detachment. Yet for all the imaginative qualities of the writing, the crucial facts are authentic. Set in a very dark period of modern European history, interspersed with moments of grotesque farce, grim irony and occasional memories of human kindness, Zsolt’s nightmarish but meticulously realistic chronicle of smaller and larger crimes against humanity is as riveting as it is horrifying.

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This account was suppressed by the Communists for forty years. . It was originally published in installments in Hungary starting in 1946. I did find it interesting in the fact that it was Hungary and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Nine suitcases: a memoir

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Prior to the Holocaust, Zsolt was a well-known figure in the Hungarian literary scene. Deported with his family to Bergen-Belsen, he was saved from Auschwitz by Rezs Kastner's scheme to exchange ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


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Bela Zsolt was one of Hungary's best-known writers in the early twentieth century. He found refuge in Switzerland in 1944, and returned to Hungary in 1945 and became an anti-communist member of parliament. He died in 1949.

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