Elizabeth's Reviews > God Remained Outside: An Echo Of Ravensbruck

God Remained Outside by Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz
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Sep 22, 10

bookshelves: world-war-ii, ravensbrück
Read in September, 2010

another book I can't possibly rate. It's a brief account, from the heart, by Charles de Gaulle's niece, of the six months or so she spent in Ravensbruck concentration camp. There is a certain dreamlike quality to the telling--apparently over 50 years passed before she could bring herself to write about it, and then it all came out in a rush.

What's hard to remember, in the reading (which is gripping and heartbreaking, and occasionally quite uplifting), is that this resistance fighter is only 21 when she is first imprisoned; 22 when she arrives at Ravensbruck; and 23 when she leaves. It is so hard to bear in mind how young she is, and how terribly those years of youth are spent.

I think I might have to try this one in French!
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