The Holocaust and the Atomic Bomb: Fifty Years Later

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Bennett, James R., and Clark, Karen. "Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Bomb: A Bibliography of Literature and the Arts." Arizona Quarterly 46, No. 3 (Autumn 1990): 33-64.

Lists bibliographies, historical works, criticism, personal narratives, literature, and films concerning the atomic bombing of Japan.


Creager, Ellen. "Revealing Details." Chicago Tribune (21 March 1995): Sec. 5, p. 5.

Reviews The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition and states that the restored fragments reveal "a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardship and passions."

Deák, István. "Witnesses to Evil." New York Review of Books XXXIX, No. 17 (22 October 1992): 40-3.

Reviews four books: In the Lion's Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen, a biography of a Jewish survivor who later became a Catholic priest; Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe, 1933–1945, a history of the Holocaust; and two books concerning the Holocaust experiences of gentiles, A Mosaic of Victims: Non-Jews Persecuted and Murdered by the Nazis and Out of the Inferno: Poles Remember the Holocaust.

―――――. "Holocaust Heroes." New York Review of Books XXXIX, No. 18 (5 November 1992): 22-6.

Reviews eight books focusing on various aspects of Jewish and gentile experiences of the Holocaust in Italy, Norway, Poland, and Yugoslavia.

Doctorow, E. L. "Mythologizing the Bomb." The Nation 261, No. 5 (14 August 1995): 1, 170-73.

Speculates on the events and individuals who will be recorded in America's "mythology" of the atomic bomb and the hydrogen bomb.

Friedman, Saul S., ed. Holocaust Literature: A Handbook of Critical, Historical, and Literary Writings. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993, 677 p.

Includes bibliographic essays on various aspects of Holocaust studies including sections on conceptual approaches, area studies, and education and the arts.

Gilman, Sander L. "The Dead Child Speaks: Reading The Diary of Anne Frank." Studies in American Jewish Literature 7, No. 1 (1988): 9-25.

Discusses the reaction of such authors as Meyer Levin and Philip Roth to Anne Frank's Diary and comments on the literary works of these authors that make reference to Anne Frank.

Graver, Lawrence. An Obsession with Anne Frank: Meyer Levin and the "Diary." Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995, 254 p.

Examines the dispute between Meyer Levin and Otto Frank regarding the adaptation of Anne Frank's Diary for the theater.

Klein, Thomas, and Darsa, Jan. "Holocaust Literature: The Perils of Breaking the Silence." The CEA Critic 56, No. 2 (Winter 1994): 31-41.

Discusses the distinguishing characteristics of and methods for teaching Holocaust literature.

Kremer, S. Lillian. Witness through the Imagination: Jewish-American Holocaust Literature. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989, 392 p.

Discusses works dealing with the Holocaust by such writers as Cynthia Ozick, Chaim Potok, Saul Bellow, and Bernard Malamud.

Kwitny, Jonathan. "Shattering the Myth of the Bomb." Los Angeles Times Book Review (6 August 1995): 10, 15.

Favorably reviews Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell's Hiroshima in America and Gar Alperovitz's The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth.

Merkin, Daphne. "Witness to the Holocaust." The New York Times Book Review (17 December 1995): 7.

Reviews Elie Wiesel's memoir All Rivers Run to the Sea.

Modern Language Studies XXIV, No. 4 (Fall 1994).

Special issue devoted to Holocaust literature.

Musleah, Rahel. "'The Hidden Children' of the Holocaust, from Their Point of View." New York Times (8 January 1995): 15.

Favorably reviews Maxine Rosenberg's Hiding to Survive, a book for children that relates the stories of thirteen Jewish children who survived the Holocaust in hiding.

Niebuhr, Gustav. "Whose Memory Lives When the Last Survivor Dies?" The New York Times (29 January 1995): Sec. 4, p. 5.

Argues that "both the Auschwitz death camp and the Enola Gay are physical relics that demand explanation, for it is in the telling of their stories that people and nations come to understand themselves."

Reid, T. R. "The Atomic Bomb." Book World—The Washington Post (6 August 1995): 6.

Reviews six books dealing with the atomic bombing of Japan.

Sloan, James Park. "Kosinski's War." The New Yorker LXX, No. 32 (10 October 1994): 46-8, 50-3.

Remarks on the controversy over the factual accuracy of the events related in Jerzy Kosinski's Holocaust novel The Painted Bird.

Weigley, Russell F. "Unleashing Destruction." Book World—The Washington Post (6 August 1995): 1, 11.

Contends that, in The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, Gar Alperovitz "relies more on repeated assertion than on convincing proof when he argues that America did not need to use the bomb in order to end the war without worse loss of life than the bombing itself caused."

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