Tuesday September 22, 2020

A comprehensive last testament on the Holocaust

History; Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-49; By David Cesarani; Macmillan, €40.50

22nd May, 2016
The liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto in April 1943: the photograph was part of a report to senior Nazi leaders and later used as evidence against them at Nuremberg; by then, Adolf Hitler was dead Pic: Getty

In the nightmare of the dark,

All the dogs of Europe bark.

Writing about WB Yeats’s death in January 1939, WH Auden slipped into the rhyming couplets of the visionary William Blake to describe what was already tearing at the heart of Europe. He had seen it in Spain in the Civil War and, in the year of the great Irish poet’s death, he moved to the United States where he would find the love...

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