A Postmodern Hiroshima? Trauma, History, and Poetic Language in Modern Japan Kinya Nishi It has become something of a commonplace to draw a parallel be- tween Auschwitz and Hiroshima, the two place names that will forever be remembered as the symbol of the twentieth- century folly of war. We oft en invoke the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with Holocaust in Auschwitz and Birkenau, regarding these events as the worst moments that human civilization has ever witnessed. Grim analyses of hu- man nature given by Elie Wiesel or Primo Levi have been cited in equally grim contemplations upon the horrendous atrocity brought about by the atomic bombings. As critics have pointed out, however, there are diff erences between the two atrocities. First, the persecution of Jewish people in Nazi Germany was a long process over a decade, culminating in concentration camps, whereas the atomic att ack abruptly befell civilians in Hiroshima, leaving them utt erly unable to comprehend what had happened to themselves. Th e logic of the Final Solution in Hitler’s government may have been de- testable; yet, given its consistency, it off ered material for contemplation about human evil, at least for writers with acute
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 29, 2019
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