Literature of the Holocaust
maintained by Al Filreis

Representations of the the Holocaust in Literature & Film
Instructor: Al Filreis
Teaching Assistants: Lily Applebaum, Emily Harnett & Kristina Baumli
Undergrad TA: Emma Silverman

fall 2013
English 261.401 Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-3 PM
Arts Cafe, Kelly Writers House

  • reading & screening schedule [PDF]
  • position papers and listserv responses
  • course staff and office hours
  • books to buy
  • listserv


  • Yale survivor testimony videos
  • four clips from Shoah
  • Shoah available online
  • Shoah scene list
  • Heinrich Boll, "Across the Bridge" [PDF]
  • Al Filreis discusses "Gold" in Levi's The Periodic Table (link to page with downloadable mp3 audio file)
  • Paul Celan readings (#1)
  • Paul Celan reading ("Black Flakes") (#2)
  • survivor testimonies via the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • daugher of survivor finally hears her father's testimony
  • "Lessons in Hate"
  • Terrence Des Pres, "Lessons of the Holocaust" (PDF)
  • Pier Marton's Say I'm a Jew
  • former students discuss the course
  • Yale archive of video survivor testimonies' YouTube channel
  • Chaim E.'s testimony (excerpt): PDF
  • Carolyn Forche, "Ourselves or Nothing" (audio)
  • Carolyn Forche, "Ourselves or Nothing" (PDF)
  • Carolyn Forche, "Ourselves or Nothing" (YouTube)
  • NPR follow-up story about Debbie Fisher (audio)
  • Shalom Auslander tells the story of his visit to Sachsenhausen: audio
  • “80064,” by Artur Zmijewski: link to video
  • 4 Auschwitz survivors point to themselves in a famous photo taken at liberation
  • "Memory of the Camps" - footage taken soon after liberation
  • "Hallowed Ground", ABC Nightline feature aired November 15, 2002 (more info)