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
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
Cosa ha tenuto per così tanto tempo lontana una figlia dalla madre malata? Il passato violento e crudele della madre stessa che durante gli anni della guerra é stata uno dei membri più attivi e partecipitivi delle SS.
La madre di Helga infatti, ha abbandonato i giovani figli per seguire quello che per lei era uno s ...more
Déjame ir, madre es una crónica profundamente convincente e inquietante de la visita final de una hija (Helga Schneider) a la madre que la abandonó a los cuatro años para convertirse en guardia de la SS en el campo de concentración y exterminio de Bikernau (Auschwitz II). La autora lucha profundamente durante la visita mie ...more
Carico di orrore che non è solo dato dalla "trama" (se di trama si può parlare in un romanzo autobiografico) ma sopratutto da come questa viene affrontata, in un modo che definire morboso ...more
How do you confront the fact your mother was a Nazi concentration camp guard? How do you reconcile that she abandoned you and your baby brother because her love for the Nazi regime was greater than her love for you? How do you live with the knowledge she has no remorse or regret for her acts and indeed, proclaims pride and glee over her actions in Ravensbrück and Auschwitz?
Helga Schneider has not seen her mother Traudi in 20 years. When she is contacted by her mo ...more
Yes, it's interesting/horrifying to hear a first hand account from someone who is (still) loyal to Hitler.
Yes, it's an abandoned daughter who is trying to understand her mother's leaving.
Mostly? It's an obsessed daughter who is trying to vilify her mother to make it "ok" that she left. She pushes a 90 year old woman, who has had to live with her actions, and yeah, sticks with the whole 'what I did for the Fuhrer, I did because ...more
The story, of course, is heartbreaking. Helga decides to visit her mother and confront her about her past as a Nazi SS guard at concentration camps. The book recalls conversations that took place that day and describes crimes committed by Schneider's mother and her "comrades" during WWII. What's so horrible for the author, and the rea ...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?
Es un relato corto en que Helga lucha constantemente contra la "madre" q ...more
Helga e' stata abbandonata dalla madre da bambina. Fervente nazista, la donna ha deciso di diventare guardiana di un campo di concentramento.
Parecchi anni dopo, diventata adulta, Helga reincontra sua madre, ora anziana che risiede in una casa di cura. Un incontro sconvolgente, tra una donna che vuole risposte ed un'anziana che non ha mai rinnegato la sua fede nazista, nemmeno dopo la piu' rovinosa delle disfatte.
Emblematica la scena in cui la vecchia madre, orgogliosa di conservare ancora la su ...more
I found that I wanted to throw the book many times while reading it, but stuck it out to see if there was any redemption in the end.
This book is a memoir of Helga Schneider. She was abandoned by her mother during World War II to join the Nazi SS. Her mother ultimately became a guard at various concentration camps, including Auschwitz. This is the story of her last meeting with her estranged ...more
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
Helga e Pet ...more