8 Famous Poems about the Holocaust

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)

Theodore Adorno famously said that to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric. The idea that the atrocities of the Holocaust can be responded to through art – and especially the idea that words can be found to respond to such horrific events – has persisted in the popular mind.

And yet for some poets, to say nothing has seemed a dereliction of the artist’s duty, especially for those poets who view the writer’s role as one of bearing witness.

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