Javier García Sánchez

Discovering The Holocaust

As Theodor Adorno pointed out, poetry is impossible after Auschwitz, but it is even more so bearing in mind that we go on living in a world of genocide and in the epicentre of a civilisation habituated to the daily shock.


Literature has never been at odds with this issue, although it has found itself with obvious problems when called on to bear witness to the horror. The case of the sinister Einsatzgruppen, special battalions for the most atrocious, systematic extermination on the Eastern front during the Second World War goes on being an affliction that suppurates in people's consciences. Javier García Sánchez concerns himself with this "other holocaust," which is also the core of Schirach, the novel on which he is currently working.