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Tell Me Another Morning: An Autobiographical Novel

Tell Me Another Morning: An Autobiographical Novel

by Zdena Berger, Charlotte Salomon
     
 

This autobiographical novel depicts a teenage girl’s experience in the Nazi concentration camps. As in The Diary of Anne Frank, Tania’s youthful concerns are interwoven among accounts of extremity: her brother’s murder, her mother’s choice to stay with her father and die in the gas chamber rather than be transported to another

Overview

This autobiographical novel depicts a teenage girl’s experience in the Nazi concentration camps. As in The Diary of Anne Frank, Tania’s youthful concerns are interwoven among accounts of extremity: her brother’s murder, her mother’s choice to stay with her father and die in the gas chamber rather than be transported to another camp, the saving friendships Tania develops, her relationships with young men and the guards. Throughout the novel we see claustrophobic uncertainty, grief, terror, exhaustion, and Tania’s sustaining hope. Her return to Prague after the war is unforgettable and devastating, as she observes people wearing “normal” clothes, eating ice cream, and traveling on buses between work and home. There is no judgment, only the reality of two worlds existing simultaneously. With spare prose, Zdena Berger’s first-hand observations convey the deprivation and brutality in which Tania comes of age, and the friendships and hope that help her to survive.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Nola Theiss
This "autobiographical novel" is based on the author's experience as a young girl in Prague during WW II. She and her family are taken from their home and sent to a labor camp. Her older brother is sent to another camp and killed. "Tania" tells of her experiences in the camp. She befriends an older girl, Ilse, who works in the kitchen and is able to get her extra food. After they move to another camp, Ilse's survival skills help them. When they are forced to go through another selection line, Ilse finds an old tube of lipstick that she uses on Tania's mother's cheeks to make her look healthier. When Tania's father is not chosen to go with them to the next camp, a situation that means death for him, her mother chooses to stay with him, and Tania and Ilse leave them behind. After liberation, Tania finds her only living relative in Prague, her Aunt Magda, and tries to resume life. When she visits the Jewish cemetery, she sees that her grandfather's headstone now bears the names of her entire family. Although the author wrote this story in 1961, it has been updated in 2007 and ends with the author writing that she has lived in "three great cities"—Prague, Paris and San Francisco—and is still in touch with Isle. Unfortunately, Tania's story is not unusual, but the spare prose and seeing the world through Tania's eyes will make this book appealing to the YA reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930464100
Publisher:
Paris Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Zdena Berger was born in 1925 in Prague, where she lived until the Nazi occupation. She spent the war years as a prisoner of Terezin, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen. After the liberation of Bergen-Belsen in 1945, Berger returned to Prague to complete her education, and then lived in Paris for nearly a decade. She immigrated to San Francisco in 1955 and now lives with her husband in the Bay Area. Tell Me Another Morning is her only book.

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