Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
Born in Vienna, Kluger somehow survived a girlhood spent in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Gross-Rosen. Some of the lessons she imparts are surprising, as when she argues, against other historians, that ...more
It would be quite an understatement to say that this book is an excellent Holocaust memoir. You might as well describe Goethe's Faust as a captivating story about a sexual relationship gone bad.
"Weiter Leben" goes way beyond any Holocaust memoir I have read. If Primo Levy's "Survival in Auschwitz" goes deep into psychology and philosophy, this book digs even deeper. Yet I still found it easy to read. The psychology and philosophy of ...more
Ruth Klüger was in Germany and gave a speech in the German TV.
On the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau desribed the 84-year-old writer Ruth Klüger, as a child from the deportet to the labor camp Christianstadt.
She told how they lived over than 12-13 year old, hunger, violence and cold, as they arbitrariness and infamy has been exposed, as an SS-man slapped her face, because she was eating in search of something.
This was a very different memoir than the others I've read. I think because the author is a writer and her story doesn't have the direct simplicity of someone just telling their story of survival. She is more abstract and more analytical. Her story has a sharper edge. That doesn't make it better or worse, but it gave me a different perspective.
Ruth Kluger grew up in Vienna and did not have an idyllic childhood. Her parents and relatives vacillated between pet ...more
It is surprising in many ways - Kluger d ...more
Ihre Kindheit gab es eigentlich nicht. Die verbrachte sie als verfolgte Jüdin im okkupierten Wien, in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz und Groß-Rosen. Überlebt hat sie nur, weil sie sich, als es an die Selektion ging, auf Rat einer anderen in der Reihe, als älter ausgab.
So kam sie als Zwangsarbeiterin von Auschwitz nach Christianstadt, einem Teil des KZs Groß-Rosen.
Die Autorin gehört so zu den jüngsten Überlebenden ...more
On the one hand, there are many elements of the book I would criticize. The author's writing, particularly in the first fifty pages, is loaded with metaphors, to the point that each line appears to be a witty soundbite; the style is therefore disjointed. The book is also replete with references that I'm not sure a non-academic would appreciate--authors and academics quoted with last names and throwaway mentions. And finally, the author herself has such a ...more
Kluger can write - there's no doubt about that. That's obvious from the reviews here on GR alone. She has a certain eloquence that not every author has. Maybe that's because she wrote poetry from an early age, I don't know, but the ...more
15/10/13: This was actually a re-read for me and I really enjoyed (if that's the right word to use) it once again. Kluger offers such a different narrative of the Holocaust than one would expect and I loved that it is as much about memory, as her experiences themselves, making it very self-reflective. Moreover, it does not present the Holocaust in a vacuum but places it in t ...more
These feelings are not those of a tragic heroine who bore the atrocities backed by an unshakable faith, nor do they emphasize dramatically the death that hangs around ...more
Klügers Schreibstil ist persönlich, literarisch, bereichernd. Ein unglaublich reflektierter und kluger Text, allerdings auch so aufgeladen mit allen Widersprüchlichkeiten, die die (Unmöglichkeit der) Erinnerung an den Holocaust mit sich bringt, ...more
Ruth Klüger ist eine österreichische Jüdin, die jetzt in Amerika wohnt. Sie war ein junges Mädchen während der Nazizeit und des zweiten Weltkriegs. Das Buch geht um ihre Erfahrungen als eine Gefangene in den KZs und ihre Auswanderung nach Amerika nach dem Krieg. Es ist eine sehr interessante Autobiographie, die sehr ehrlich ist. Klügers Erinnerungen an die KZs sind ...more
This book de ...more
Ruth Klüger is Professor Emeritus of German at the University of California, Irvine and a Holocaust survivor. She is also the author of the bestseller weiter leben: Eine Jugend about her childhood in the Third Reich.
When she was only six years old, Hitler marched into Vienna. The annexation of Austria to the Third Reich deeply affected Klüger's life: Klüger, who then was only six years old, had t...more