Charlotte Delbo (3163 words)

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 the language of truth] (Delbo 1972). Although she acknowledged h…

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