Landscapes Of The Metropolis Of Death, by Otto Dov Kulka, hardback by Allen Lane

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IN this moving and poignant testimony, distinguished historian Otto Dov Kulka draws the reader into the horror of the death-camp through a montage of historical research, essays and poetical images of memory.

As a young boy, Kulka travelled from the ghetto of Theresienstadt to become a prisoner in the “family camp” of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In this book, through testimony, images and poetry, he recalls his experiences of growing up as a prisoner in one of the most infamous concentration camps of Nazi Germany.

In an attempt to come to terms with his ordeal, Kulka explores the meaning of the Holocaust through the pages of his diaries and his journey back to the camp as an adult.

This account of the concentration camps is unique in its powerful, personal tone and historical and philosophical debates throughout.

It is a constantly thought-provoking and fascinating reflection on modern history and a personal quest for knowledge.

Chloe Chaplain