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Preview — Let Me Go by Helga Schneider
Let Me Go
In 1998, Schneider is summoned to her 90 year-old mother's nursing home in Vienna. The last time she has seen her mother is 27 years earlier. Then, she had asked her to try on her treasured SS uniform, and wanted to give her sev...more
It's bad enough that a woman would abandon her two small children without hesitati ...more
The book is written by Helga Schneider, who was abandoned by her mother at the beginning of WWII, when she was only a little girl. Her mother decided joining the SS and becoming a guard a ...more
Unfortunately, more difficult to hear was the daughter's voice. I don't mean the woman who was reading the book, not that voice. No, it was the daughter's writing, her attitude, ...more
I'm going to see you again today, Mother, but what will I feel? What can a daughter feel for a mother who refuse to be a mother so that she could join Heinrich Himmler's evil organization?
The final meeting between a woman and her mother who is still the strong manipulative woman she once was, but also confused and disorientated by the ravages of dementia. The woman was abandoned by her mother at the age of 4 for the Waffen SS, treated unkindly by her stepmother, and still desperately seeking a connection that has never, and will never, be there.
I was left, just as the author appeared to be, wondering if the mother was tell ...more
The failed story of a mother and a daughter. A non-story.
No, I don't hate her. It's just that I don't love her.
This is confusing. It's heavy and depressing on so many levels.
Abandonment, forgiveness, war and evil...
Helga Schneider's mother leaves her in 1941 to follow her beliefs in the Third Reich. They next meet in 1971 and then again in 1998, the ...more
Questo libro racconta del rapporto mai nato tra una figlia abbandonata e una madre rigorosa e dedita alla causa nazista partendo dall'ultimo (?) incontro tra le due donne.
When the mother talks about her past work at SS, it really creep me out, how she did not regret anything what she done. Helga has a sea of feelings about her mother: a monster, a liar, an hypocrite, but her mother at last (even it is not love in the equation). This book is not for everyone, but i rec ...more
The author saw fit to tell us over and over again, early on, that she hated her mother, clearly assuming the audience would preemptively hate her mother, and so she'd better tell the reader she is with them. I saw this as unnecessary, since a form of revu ...more
It is brutally honest & descriptive, & for that reason it is immensely important as a Holocaust record, revealing stories of voiceless victims who endured unspeakable horrors, as well as the hateful beliefs that compelled so many to make the choice to commit such horrendous crimes.
I doubt it was intended to be a Holocaust record, but rather a therapeutic memoir - the beginning ...more
Again, I understand that the concept of an autobiography is essentially a narcissistic one, when the two central figures in the piece are so loathsome – for very different reasons – it can be h ...more
Schneider tells the story of a meeting with her 90-year-old mother, a former [...] and concentration camp guard whom Schneider has seen only once since the woman abandoned her two children and husband to join the SS.
The confrontation is filled with horrors -- admissions of participation in horrendous medical "experiments," culpability in the torturing of prisoners, and a firm loyalty to the beliefs of the [...] ...more
Although Helga's mother abandoned the family when Helga was four and her brother just eighteen months old, even that is nothing. You see, Helga's mother was a Nazi SS guard in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Ravensbruck, where she was responsible for beating and assisting in the tort ...more
This is quite frightening,as we hear Traudi talk about the past and through her we hear about the horrific treatment of particularly Jewish people.What's worse is she still feels she did the right thing.
However it is stil ...more
Helga e Pe ...more