Friday, 20 December 2013

Book Review: Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death by Otto Dov Kulka

Haunting reminiscence of inhumanity

Dreamlike and poetic, yet no less lucid for that, Otto Dov Kulka’s personal reflections of his time in Auschwitz is a compelling testament that is both haunting – and haunted, writes Mark Cantrell in this review published on Cheshire Today

Beauty in the midst of Auschwitz must seem a strange concept, but that is one of the many apparent paradoxes one might perceive in Otto Dov Kulka’s personal testament to the Holocaust.

Certainly, as Kulka himself relays in ‘Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death’, the author is himself struck by the strangeness of the observation, yet as his own words testify “the blue of the sky in this land is many times stronger than any blue one can see anywhere else”. This was in Auschwitz; surrounded by so much senseless death, constrained by the bleak landscape of the camp, the colour blue takes on a whole new intensity.

This article first appeared on 19 February 2013. Read the rest of the review at Cheshire Today.

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