Among the large number of testimonies from survivors of the Nazi extermination and concentration camps, Charlotte Delbo’s contribution is one of the most haunting. Her aim, as a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, was not only to testify for the dead as well as for herself, but to make the reader feel “la vérité de la tragédie en restituant l’émotion et l’horreur” [the truth of the tragedy by recreating the emotion and the horror] (Delbo 1965). She wanted the reader to see this unimaginable reality with the help of literature, particularly poetic language, because “la poésie est le langage de la vérité” [poetry is t…

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Thatcher, Nicole. "Charlotte Delbo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2008
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