|Foreword: Going on Living||9|
|Part 2||The Camps||61|
|Forced Labor Camp||113|
|A Defeated Country||150|
|Part 4||New York||171|
Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Rememberedby Ruth Kluger, Lore Segal
Pub. Date: 04/01/2003
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
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
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.
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The other review on this book does not give it justice. Kluger engages the reader and writes as if she is talking directly to you, so it's not going to be in perfect chronological order. The other reviewer also wrote that it is disturbing. My comment to that is that it is a story of survival through the Holocaust. I couldn't imagine any story about that not being disturbing. It makes the reader think about the events in history and how this huge atrocity was committed. This is an excellent book and gives insight that Anne Frank does not. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about how one small girl was able to endure.
I was disappointed with this book, the author overshadowed the subject with her unresolved issues with her parents. her writing style made the book hard to follow and disturbing.