To Life

To Life

by Ruth Minsky Sender

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481442343
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 515,687
File size: 507 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ruth Minsky Sender was a teacher of Jewish culture and history, specializing in the Holocaust. She lives with her husband in Commack, New York. She is the mother of three grown sons and a daughter, and has several grandchildren. The Cage was her first book; she is also the author of To Life, and The Holocaust Lady.

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To Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book showed a lot of emotion. It made me want to keep reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.