weiter leben: Eine Jugend
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
It is surprising in many ways - Kluger d ...more
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
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
She both presents facts we have come to accept as westerners learning about the Holocaust in school (the terrible conditions, the somewhat haphazard and luck-related survivals of the persecuted, and the absolute despair of the entire operation, for example) but also provides insight int ...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
An extraordinary book, illuminating throughout.
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
Dealing with her life as a Jewish child during the holocaust in Germany, it was horrific. But the writer seemed to meander, bouncing from one thought to another and then back again. Oftentimes repetitive. Rather than a memoir, it seemed like a collection of stray thoughts. Yes, sometimes the writing was strong, but often it was lacking. I enjoyed mostly the ending, where some things were told in retrospect, and she spoke ...more
I did feel like she repeated herself a couple of times throughout the book. And there were times where the tangents seemed to o ...more
On the other hand, the writing style is unappealing. The author shifts time periods far too frequently, within the same paragraph, sometimes within the same sentence, making it difficult to follow what is going on and where the author is in her story. There ...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