Nelly Sachs: In den Wohnungen des Todes [In the Dwellings of Death]

(1788 words)
  • Jennifer Hoyer (University of Arkansas)

In den Wohnungen des Todes [In the Dwellings of Death], the first postwar volume of poetry by German-Jewish poet Nelly Sachs and one of the first poetic confrontations of the Nazi genocide against the Jews, has had a reception based less on its literary merit than on its position in discussions of Holocaust representation. Sachs’ work generally had a central role in this discussion within two framework questions: 1) Can and should poetry be written not only after, but even about Auschwitz; and 2) Has the German language been rendered sterile after its perversion through Nazi propaganda? The poems in the volume, as well as those in her other collections of poetry, have been read as examples of b…

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Hoyer, Jennifer. "In den Wohnungen des Todes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 April 2006
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]