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Rue Ordener, Rue Labat is a moving memoir by the distinguished French philosopher Sarah Kofman. It opens with the horrifying moment in July 1942 when the author’s father, the rabbi of a small synagogue, was dragged by police from the family home on Rue Ordener in Paris, then transported to Auschwitz—“the place,” writes Kofman, “where no eternal rest would or could ever be ...more
Paperback, 87 pages
Published August 28th 1996 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1993)
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Rachel M.
I'm not a big fan of this memoir. It doesn't speak to me in any profound way. The only thing I got out of reading this book is that the author must have had a traumatizing experience during her time of hiding during the Holocaust, and the experience must have had something to do with sexual abuse. I believe she lived with a pedophile. This reading of the text is supported by the fact that in the memoir, Kofman uses such phrases as, "I didn't understand what was going on at the time" and, "someth ...more
It's very hard to critique someone's memoir, but I felt that Kofman did herself justice in this short ode to her childhood and youth. It was an honest account of her true feelings of split loyalties during the Nazi occupation of France and beyond. If only I could have found it in French!
I love books that end with out resolving anything, asking the reader to have their own thoughts and feelings. It helped make this a powerful read.
JJ Feinauer
I read this for a class on the holocaust and it had a strong impact. It's a short but powerful memoir.
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