Avraham Tory's "Memoir"

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Literature of Witness- Avraham Tory’s “Memoir” Avraham Tory is a Jew who survived the holocaust and his countless days that he spent trapped in the Ninth Fort. As a survivor, he bears witness to the atrocities encountered at the camp in his work titled, “Memoir”. He attempts to use language to depict horrors so deeply profound that literature fails to capture the intangible intensity of suffering at the Ghetto. The passage, taken from Avraham Tory’s “Memoir”, depicts the Master Sergeant of the Gestapo, the Rauca, at the Jewish Ghetto deciding without mercy or order, which Jews would be spared their lives momentarily or which would be led to the Ninth Fort. Master Sergeant Rauca sent those who were doomed to leave that day to the right while those sent to the left could live yet another day in the hellish Ghetto. Several literary devices are evident in the short passage of “Memoir”. Tory uses diction that states the occurrences as fact; he simply states the mannerisms of the Rauca and the traumas faced by the Jews in a factual manner. It seems that he presents the events this way because language cannot capture the torment. Tory can only present facts about what happened, he couldn’t write about the emotional side because it is impossible for language to accurately bear witness. The narrator’s tone reflects the disgust that he has for the Rauca, the disgust at the simplicity the Rauca has with ending hundreds of lives. For instance, the Rauca, with the “cynicism and the utmost speed” decided who would leave merely by a “flick of the finger of his right hand” (225). Tory uses words such as “fiendish”, “separated”, “blood-stained”, and “scornful” in the passage (224-226). This is important because it forms within the reader’s mind the sentiment of the selection at the Ghetto. It is also interesting to consider that the narrator describes the guards as
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