MJL Response #4 - Wyatt McCallum Professor Gealy Modern...

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Wyatt McCallum Professor Gealy Modern Jewish Literature October 23, 2011 Response Paper #4 For this response paper, I focused on the first sixty pages of Ida Fink’s A Scrap of Time . This is the first piece of Holocaust literature I’ve read that I did not find interesting. Although it is tough to imagine the horrible atrocities committed during the Holocaust, usually I enjoy reading autobiographies or accounts of experiences in the camps because I feel it makes me understand what the Jews went through a little better. I did not enjoy Ida Fink’s novel because it seemed to detract from what the Holocaust was to the Jews. Her way of telling these fictional accounts made everything seem very fake to me, so much to the point I was actually annoyed while reading. I think this is because while Primo Levi and Elie Weisel tell their stories with the intent to inform us of the harsh realities of Jewish life during the war, Ida Fink writes with the intent of creating a literary work. Stories like “A Scrap of Time” and “The Garden That Floated Away”
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