To Life

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"WE ARE FREE!"
When Russian soldiers liberate Grafenort, the Nazi labor camp where she is a prisoner, nineteen-year-old Riva discovers that liberation doesn't mean the end of her hardship and suffering.
Cold and starving, threatened with rape by the same Russian soldiers who were her saviors, Riva makes her way to her old home in Poland, searching like so many others for family who may have survived. Strengthened by her mother's credo, as long ...

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"WE ARE FREE!"
When Russian soldiers liberate Grafenort, the Nazi labor camp where she is a prisoner, nineteen-year-old Riva discovers that liberation doesn't mean the end of her hardship and suffering.
Cold and starving, threatened with rape by the same Russian soldiers who were her saviors, Riva makes her way to her old home in Poland, searching like so many others for family who may have survived. Strengthened by her mother's credo, as long as there is life, there is hope, and by the promise of a new love and a new life, Riva endures the long years of waiting for real freedom and a real home.
Picking up where her acclaimed memoir The Cage leaves off, Ruth Minsky Sender has written another inspirational document of the power of hope and love over unspeakable cruelty.

A Holocaust survivor recounts her liberation from a Nazi concentration camp, search for surviving family members, and long and difficult ordeal of trying to immigrate with her husband and two children to America.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This sequel to The Cage follows the author after her liberation from a Nazi concentration camp. Despite flaws with the pacing, PW said, "As testament to the human spirit, this memoir shines." Ages 12-up. (Mar.) n Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Holocaust survivors faced an unexpected challenge after liberation from the concentration camps. They found themselves both homeless and stateless. In this beautiful sequel to Sender's extraordinary memoir, The Cage, readers learn how nineteen-year-old Riva traveled back to Lodz, Poland only to find no traces of her younger brothers or mother. Like other survivors, Riva's home has been taken over by Poles and she must sleep in temporary shelters. These shelters also serve as message centers as survivors post letters to the loved ones they hope to find. Riva meets another young survivor named Moniek. They marry and travel to a displaced persons camp in Germany where they begin a five-year wait for visas to America. During this time, Riva is fortunately reunited with three older siblings who escaped to Russia before the war. She also gives birth to two healthy children. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Sender describes what it was like for Holocaust survivors to rebuild their lives in a world that refused to welcome them. The refrain from The Cage, "while there is life, there is hope" takes on an even deeper meaning in this poignant memoir. 2000 (orig. 1988), Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 12 up, $4.99. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689832826
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.97 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    The Sequel is even better!

    This book is the sequel to,Cage. It talks about Riva's ordeal after the Holocaust. It talks about how she went to her old home and found out that her mother and brothers are dead. It also talks about how a Russian soilder threatend to Rape her and her friends. It talked about how she pent 5 years in 5 different dislocated persons camp before she goes to America. But in the end they make it to America and she meets with her other brother and sisters and she and her sisters and brother have many children. After all she went through she never gave up. All she had to remeber was, 'As Long as there is Life There is Hope.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    To Life by Ruth Minsky Sender

    The heart-wrenching story of a young woman's search for family and a home after the Holocaust. This sequel to The Cage has the same capturing effect. I couldn't put it down. I cried and smiled when Riva did. After spending years in the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz and work camps, Riva struggles on the journey home. Yet Riva does not find the happiness that she hoped to find at the end of her Holocaust ordeal. Despite everthing, Riva does not give up hope. Eventually, she reaches America to become Ruth Minsky Sender and write two capturing memoirs of her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    Amazing!!!

    I loved this book. Some of it made me want to cry. I still can't believe how someone can endure what she had to go through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2001

    Great book!

    This book showed a lot of emotion. It made me want to keep reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    A Very Powerful Read...

    'To Life' is a beautifully written book that explains all the struggles of living through the Holacaust and how hard it was at times. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2000

    As long as there is a good book,there is good reading

    RUTH SPEAKS REAL STORIES OF THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVERS.YET, SHE ALWAYS ENDS THE STORY BY LETTING EVERYONE KNOW THAT LIFE CAN STILL GO ON. 'As long as ther is a life, there is hope...'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    Human Endurance . . .

    This is definitely one of the most amazingly brutal, yet touching. Ruth Sender's tale about surviving the Nazi concentration camps is very inspiring. Her building of a new life with her family and her husband Moneik by her side is a true example of superb human strength. The horors that the memories of the human cruelty displayed by the Nazis brought back many tears very often, but with her mothers words, 'As long as there is life, there is hope,' Ruth lived on and pushed herself to make sure everybody remembers what the Nazis had done. She took it upon herself to teach others first hand of the pain and suffering. 'We Must Remember!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Worked well for classifying the 5 themes of geography for class

    I read this book as part of an application project for Honors 9 Geography. The book was about Riva trying to find a home, and find her family. This related to the theme of movement because she travled around a lot. I liked the way the author used her knowledge of the time period. It was also easy to follow, and kept me interested throughout. In reading the book I learned that Poland was still not open to Jewish people even after they were set free from Germany. I also learned that Germany was taken over by the Russians after WWII for a while. The athors presentation of the Holocaust made me feel sympathetic towards the Jewish people because of all the things they had to go through. My reading level might have been a little above this book, though it helped me understand and comprehend the big picture better. Which helped with the project. I would recommend this book to peole who are interested in learning about the emotional part of life for the Jewish people during the war.

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