Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-192) and index.
Introduction : Genesis and genocide--the Holocaust, autobiography, and Midrash
Paradise lost, innocence lost
God's ark and Hitler's cattle car
The Babel of extermination
Akeda : the perversity of silence
Israel in Auschwitz : a malediction forbidding mourning
"In the life stories of Holocaust survivors, biblical imagery can be invoked to explicate the unexplainable, to make real the unreal. This text examines the role of Genesis in the autobiographies of survivors. Three main concerns converge: the literary nature of Biblical allusion, the contextual history of the Holocaust, and Midrashic considerations that arise from biblical reference"--Provided by publisher.