Charlotte Delbo' s novel

"Le convoi du 24 janvier" de Charlotte Delbo et la mémoire ressuscitée de la Déportation
Charlotte Delbo' s novel "Convoy to Auschwitz" and the regained memory of the Deportation

Author(s): Beata Kędzia-Klebeko
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Keywords: Holocaust literature; historical memory; testimony

Summary/Abstract: The novel Convoy to Auschwitz, a testimony of the concentration camp experiences of a famous French writer Charlotte Delbo appeared in France in 1966. This book expresses the author's ethical position, who admits that the language of literature is capable to express even those human experiences which seemed inexpressible or inexplicable. The novel Convoy to Auschwitz is a biographical account of the daily lives of 230 women who were deported from France to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. The author attempts to protect and preserve for the posterity the lives of silent female heroes who were doomed to die in the camp appalling living conditions because of their nationality, political views or race. The memory of them requires a written testimony because of passing time, insensitivity to the past of subsequent generations, and also because of possible free interpretations of history.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 84-95
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: French