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Sutzkever's Forgotten Chronicle of the Vilna Ghetto

Justin Cammy discusses the prose works of poet and partisan Avrom Sutzkever – from his memoirs of the Vilna Ghetto and testimony at the Nuremberg Trials to memoirs of his years in Soviet Russia: a lifetime of prose works collected in his newly published volume of translations.

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Sutzkever's Forgotten Chronicle of the Vilna Ghetto
Sutzkever's Forgotten Chronicle of the Vilna Ghetto

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Nov 21, 2021, 2:00 PM

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In his lifetime, the great Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever published only a single non-fiction prose volume - an account of the Vilna  Ghetto. He never sought its republication after it initially appeared in 1946, and it did not figure prominently in his subsequent critical  reception. Now, for the first time, his chronicle of the ghetto is  available to English readers in a volume that also includes the poet's  testimony at Nuremberg, his diary notes from that testimony, and three reminiscences of his Moscow years (1944-1946). Our conversation will explore the the differences between Sutzkever's prose chronicle and  poetry of his ghetto years and the political context of its composition in the Soviet Union.

Justin Cammy is professor of Jewish Studies and World Literatures at Smith College. He is editor and translator of A. Sutzkever, From the Vilna Ghetto to Nuremberg: Memoir and Testimony (McGill-Queen's UP, Fall 2021).

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