Miklos Radnoti

Paperback 6" x 9" 72 pp ISBN 978-1-913144-06-7 published Augusr 2019

THE AUTHOR of this book (1907–1944) was perhaps the greatest poet of the Holocaust, a Jewish Catholic convert who fell victim to a mass murder of Jews perpetrated by the regular Hungarian Army under standard orders. The crime took place towards the end of the Second World War when the Allied victory was already obvious.

Some of the poems were recovered from the grave. Today,  the poems are treasured as some of the most flawless modern additions to their country’s rich poetic heritage. They have gone some way towards teaching tolerance to new generations in the treatment of their racial, religious and ethnic minorities.

Other brilliant literary witnesses of the Holocaust whose work has survived, such as Anne Frank, Éva Láng and András Mezei, were children at the time. Primo Levi and Paul Celan were very young adults eventually compelled to turn to literature in order to digest and shout out their astounded pain and rage at their incomprehensible humiliation and abuse, for which they had been totally unprepared.