Why does Sylvia Plath use images of the Holocaust in her poems "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus"?

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Plath uses much sustained death imagery: both suicide and Holocaust imagery (comparing herself to a Jew and her father to a Nazi).  She writes grim apostrophes to her executioners, her father in "Daddy" and the "brute amused" public in "Lady Lazarus."

In "Daddy," she calls her father a "Ghastly statue," a "Panzer-man," a "train" sending her to a concentration camp, a "boot" stepping on her face, a "black man" devil, a "vampire," and a "bastard."  The bombardment of death and evil imagery presents the speaker as a victim coming from a patriarchy of death.

In "Lady Lazaraus," the speaker's tone is a bit more playful but no less gruesome in its images.  The Holocaust imagery continues:

A sort of walking miracle, my skin Bright...

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