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Smoke Over Birkenau

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  137 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
These astonishing real-life stories describe the women who lived and suffered alongside Liana Millu while she was imprisoned in a concentration camp. They are stories of violence and tragedy, but also stories of resistance and of the endurance of the human spirit.
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Jewish Publication Society of America (first published 1957)
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Feb 24, 2012 Hilary rated it it was ok
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Ok, so here's the thing: I have very complicated ethical feelings about saying "hey, Holocaust Survivor, this book, which is a collection of true vignettes from your experience kinda sucks." Because, like, hello? Holocaust Survivor. But as literature, even as memoir, this wasn't very good.

There are 6 stories, and I only 1 or 2 were "good" as in well told, well paced, etc. (Obviously none of them are "good" in terms of content. Duh.) They are very female stories, which is something that is lacki
Aug 18, 2016 Clarissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non era facile da leggere dovuto al soggetto. Scritto in modo semplice ma capire le condizione delle donne a Birkenau (campo di concentramento Nazzista). Uno dei pochi racconti da punto di vista delle donne. Si legge presto
Beverley Chalmers
Mar 19, 2015 Beverley Chalmers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you appreciate reading women's stories of their Nazi era experiences, this will add to your understanding.
3,5/5 actually.

Devastating in its ability to depict the way life in the camps compromised those within, robbing them of family, dignity, faith, hope, health, and sanity, before and while it robbed them of life. Presented with an unblinking eye that forces the reader to contemplate evil in all its large and small forms.
Laurie Garcia
Nov 05, 2012 Laurie Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Smoke Over Birkenau" was an absolutely heartbreaking and devastating read. It discusses life in the camp and the issues women faced such as pregnancy, motherhood, love in the camp, prostitution, and friendship. I highly recommend this book.
Dec 25, 2010 Hollyhell rated it it was amazing
she says she survived the camps because she accepted the fact that there she was already dead
May 20, 2013 Kayla rated it really liked it
A collection of "stories" vs a first person narrative. I really liked this writing style.
Jul 23, 2012 Jessi rated it liked it
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