‘It is too late, God’: Holocaust poetry confronts hate past and ...

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‘It is too late, God’: Holocaust poetry confronts hate past and present

A Jewish genocide lawyer, son of Holocaust survivors, uses verse in an attempt to make sense of the nonsensical

Philip Pullella

Menachem Rosensaft, the son of two Holocaust survivors who became an international lawyer specialising in genocide, has spent much of his life trying to reconcile the horrors of the past with his Jewish faith.

Rosensaft was born in 1948 in military barracks housing displaced people, including survivors like his mother of the nearby Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp. His father survived five camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

About 50,000 prisoners died at Bergen-Belsen, among them Anne Frank. When British forces freed the camp in 1945, they found some 60,000 survivors, but nearly 14,000 died within two months from disease and malnutrition...

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