Literary Comparison: Shedding Light on the Holocaust Essay

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For many, the events of the Holocaust are too painful to speak of. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsh persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities (History). These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of world Jewry (History). While both Kofman and Kertesz presented to readers the effects of the Holocaust on the Jewish child, Kofam focused more one rare aspects of being a Jewish child, while Kertesz gave vivid details about the realities of the fate the Jewish child. Every Jew, regardless of gender, was equally a victim in the Holocaust. Children were seldom the targets of …show more content…
While in the camp, Gorge sees the realities of the Holocaust. He is presented with many challenging in events in which he must learn to endure. Gorge faces starvation, beating, and the feeling of loneliness, things that Kofman doesn’t have to endure, mainly because of Mimi. Another difference is the tone in which the two works are presented. Kertesz presents a story that has a dispassionate dry tone. He writes with peppered evasions and disclaimers such as ''naturally'' and ''in all fairness''. In Rue, the tone is a little more variable. An example of this is when Kofman's mother was leaving her at the shelter where the tone was sad, and thinking back to the time she spent with Mimi, the story would have an happy, up-beat tone. There are many differences between Kofamn's and Kertesz's writing, but one thing that is comparable is their mention of Auschwistz. Kofamn mentions it as the place where she had heard that her father had died, and "where no eternal rest would or could ever be granted". Auschwistz was the largest of the German concentration camps, consisting of Auschwitz I (base camp); Auschwitz II (extermination camp); Auschwitz III (a labor camp) (Wiki). Upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau and other killing centers, the camp authorities sent the majority of children directly to the gas chambers. In Fatelessness, George recalls arriving at the Auschwitz camp, witnessing many women and children lining up

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