The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Women's Series - A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
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Swept up as a child in the events of Nazi-era Europe, Ruth Kluger saw her family's comfortable Vienna existence systematically undermined and destroyed. By age eleven, she had been deported, along with her mother, to Theresienstadt, the first in a series of concentration camps which would become the setting for her precarious childhood. Kluger's story of her years in the camps and her struggle to establish a life after the war as a refugee survivor in New York, has emerged as one of the most powerful accounts of the Holocaust.
Interwoven with blunt, unsparing observations of childhood and nuanced reflections of an adult who has spent a lifetime thinking about the Holocaust, Still Alive rejects all easy assumptions about history, both political and personal. Whether describing the abuse she met at her own mother's hand, the life-saving generosity of a woman SS aide in Auschwitz, the foibles and prejudices of Allied liberators, or the cold shoulder offered by her relatives when she and her mother arrived as refugees in New York, Kluger sees and names an unexpected reality which has little to do with conventional wisdom or morality tales.
Still Alive is a memoir of the pursuit of selfhood against all odds, a fiercely bittersweet coming-of-age story in which the protagonist must learn never to rely on comforting assumptions, but always to seek her own truth.
From Publishers Weekly
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I have a very keen interest in the holocaust and survivors. I have read many books on the subject and have always been overwhelmed that out of such dire circumstances, people survived. Not only survived, but thrived, had hope, and eventually dared to be happy in spite of the sadness in their lives. This book was different. The child that entered the concentration camps was so psychologically damaged by her unfortunate circumstances that she emerges broken for life. Yes she succeeds on a professional level, but her personal life is not filled with happiness or joy, but is instead filled with bitterness and negativity. As a result, her story is depressing. For the first time reading a survivor's story I do not like the survivor! Real life, yes. Unfortunate, but true, not all survivors came out of the ordeal unscathed. This author will forever carry the wounds and scars of her ordeal, and they are not pretty.
This is an excellent read. I don't understand the previous review.. This is one of the most honest memoirs I have read. Of course she has some issues.. Her childhood was the holocaust. She goes on to be a successful person who continues to deal with things from her past. I would love to be able to take a trip overseas & visit the camps although I know I can never truly comprehend. As I am a single mother of 2 and a nurse, I don't think it's a trip I will be taking. Excellent book!