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Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
     

Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered

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by Ruth Kluger, Lore Segal
 

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ISBN-10: 1558614362

ISBN-13: 9781558614369

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558614369
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Series:
Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Women's Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
198,306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Going on Living9
Part 1Vienna13
Part 2The Camps61
Ghetto70
Death Camp89
Forced Labor Camp113
Part 3Germany133
Escape135
A Defeated Country150
Part 4New York171
Epilogue203

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Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.