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The Shawl: A Horrible Picture Of The Holocaust

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Cynthia Ozick is an American-Jewish writer from New York, Ozick born from Russian parents who migrated to America. Ozick has won many of her profession top awards and according to many writers she is one of the three greatest living writers of the English language. At young age Cynthia found it brutally difficult to be a Jew living in Bronx. She remembers having thrown rocks at her, being called “ Christ killer” and often humiliated in school. Her short story The Shawl makes it one of her most powerful works as the story provides a clear picture of struggles during the holocaust and the suffering Jews faced during that horrible time period.
Ozick introduces important details on the ...view middle of the document...

Basically, Ozick is saying that the black pieces in the wind could be the ashes from cremated dead bodies, which could be the direction they are heading...the crematorium. Another important clue revealed by the author confirming the central characters are Jews, is when Ozick describes Magda’s face“ her eyes blue as air, smooth feathers of hair nearly as yellow as the star sew on Rosa’s coat” (Ozick 741). The yellow star was used to identify the Jews.
The Holocaust was one of the largest cases of genocide in modern history, a horrific event that caused the dead of approximately 6 million Jews and 1.1 million children (Holocaust Facts). It is know that Nazis killed two-thirds of the Jews living in Europe.
Hunger was one of the main struggles during the Holocaust and hunger was the main conflict in The Shawl. Ozick gives a perfect description of the physical appearances for both Rosa and Stella. “The Weight of Rosa was becoming less and less, Rosa and Stella were slowly turning into air”(Ozick 742). Citing that they were given very little food or no food. Hunger was a terrible struggle for survival, says Walter Zwi Bacharach during an interview.“ People were ready to take away the food from their friends, don’t want to use the word steal…People just wanted to survive, as hunger defeated many” (Walter Zwi Bacharach). Bacharach declared that hunger was the worst pain he suffered in the camps” It drives you mad, it’s an excruciating pain”(Walter zwi Bacharach).
Terrifying Acts of cannibalism existed during the holocaust, although a few people actually considered says Moses S., a prisoner who was in a concentration camp in Germany. He recalls a bombing that resulted with those horrible acts. “We found a hand from the bombing...a human hand...Five of us. Divided. And we were eating it. And somebody died, we cut out a piece – we were eating...human flesh” (Young). Making the audience understand how hunger during that time period lead prisoners to commit those acts of cannibalism due to the desperation of not having any food.
Rosa’s main fear is that one-day Stella will cannibalize Magda, as we already know the main conflict in this...

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