A Historical and Socio-Political Analysis of “Who Will Carry the Word”
Holocaust literature continues to manifest a critical responsibility to humanity in attempting to eliminate the possibility of demeaning the human race to such a point ever again. “Who will carry the word” is a unique piece of traumatic historical play by an authentic survivor of Hitler’s despicable war machine as recalled by Charlotte Delbo (The Philadelphia Inquirer 2). It has been a successful screenplay giving audiences an autobiographical perspective of the dramatist’s three years in Birkenau and later, Auschwitz, the most perilous place to be in during the Second World War. This discourse examines the story of the female French Resistance prisoners from a social, chronological, and political context.
The play provides a true report of Charlotte Delbo’s experiences at the infamous enclosure for her role in the “World War Two’s French Resistance” (The Philadelphia Inquirer 2). Charlotte Delbo secretly kept comprehensive memoirs of her experiences in the concentration camp, as well as, those of 229 fellow French women also incarcerated for roles played in the same Resistance. The original title of the French play is “Qui Rapportera Ces Paroles” written in France and officially published in 1971. The play is set at the Birkenau concentration camp in 1942 prior to their transfer to Auschwitz and gives the world a glimpse of the worst known tragedy in recent human history. The audiences have to contend with the fact that “of Delbo’s 230 companions, only 49 survived”. More so, they have to contend that so many other peoples perished at the camps not because of the question of race, but because of their differences in political ideology (The Philadelph