In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the November–December 2022 topic challenge.
Based on the number of votes (+8, -4), our 62nd topic challenge will be
Nazi Holocaust literature
This challenge covers books in a variety of languages, which is unusual for our topic challenges.
What's a topic challenge?
See the meta posts linked above, and also this main Meta post. In short, during November and December 2022 you are invited to try to get hold of one of the many fictional or non-fictional works about the Holocaust and ask questions about it.
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during November and December too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.
How can I take part?
By getting hold of one or more works based on or inspired by the Nazi Holocaust and asking good questions about it or by answering questions that have been posted as part of this challenge. Questions about these works should be tagged with the author's name, the work's title (assuming it is a book-length publication) and its language (if it is not in English). We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.
Below is Auden Young's presentation, which was heavily expanded by other users:
This includes both fiction and non-fiction books - examples include
- Night by Elie Weisel
- Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Maus by Art Spiegelman (based on interviews with author's father, graphic novel)
- Children's poems from Terezin Concentration Camp
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (fiction)
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (fiction/children's literature)
- Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli (fiction/children's literature)
- Le grand voyage (The Long Voyage or The Cattle Truck) by Jorge Semprún
- L'Espèce humaine (1947) by Robert Antelme
- Naked Among Wolves (German: Nackt unter Wölfen, 1958) by Bruno Apitz
- A Gypsy in Auschwitz (1999) by Otto Rosenberg
- If This Is a Man (1947) by Primo Levi
- Der Totenwald (Forest of the dead; 1945) by Ernst Wiechert
- the Vrba–Wetzler report (part of the Auschwitz Protocols, eyewitness accounts)
- J'ai sauté du train / My Leap to Freedom by Odette Spingarn
- Ihr sollt die Wahrheit erben. Die Cellistin von Auschwitz. Erinnerungen / Inherit the truth, 1939–1945: The documented experiences of a survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a surviving member of the Women's Orchestra in Auschwitz.
- People in Auschwitz by Auschwitz survivor and historian Hermann Langbein
- Man's Search for Meaning by Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl
- Ich war Hitlerjunge Salomon / I Was Hitler Youth Salomon by Salomon Perelman
- La Jeune Fille aux yeux bleus by Holocaust survivor and chess player Isabelle Choko
- the works of Tadeusz Borowski
- 44 Months in Jasenovac by Egon Berger, who survived the Jasenovac concentration camp in the Independent State of Croatia
- The Choice - Poland, 1939-1945 by Irene Eber
For comparison, you can read Auden Young's original presentation from 2017 on the first suggestions thread.
See also the following Wikipedia lists and categories:
- List of posthumous publications of Holocaust victims
- List of Holocaust diarists
- Category:Personal accounts of the Holocaust
- Vote for the next topic challenge or propose your own!