Ruth Franklin is a book critic and the author of A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, which has just appeared in paperback.

Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi (1947)

A masterpiece by the poet of the unspeakable


A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz (2002)

Mining the seam between memory and imagination


The Chosen, Chaim Potok (1967)

Williamsburg’s original hipsters balance religion and modernity


Do We Still Need Yom HaShoah?

The commemorative day is confusing and arbitrary. Let’s find a more meaningful alternative.


Bring On the Plum Pudding

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love Christmas

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