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Speak You Also: A Survivor's Reckoning

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A concentration camp survivor confronts one of the most heated and vexed questions of the Holocaust: what price survival? In 1943, sixteen-year-old Paul Steinberg was arrested in Paris and deported to Auschwitz. A chemistry student, Steinberg was assigned to work in the camp's laboratory alongside Primo Levi, who would later immortalize his fellow inmate as "Henri," the ul ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 7th 2001 by Picador (first published 1999)
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Miguel Angel Pedrajas
Hace un año aproximadamente abarcaba el libro Vida y destino de Vasily Grossman. Un libro denso que narra la historia de múltiples personajes de una misma familia rusa en el devenir de la segunda guerra mundial. Una maraña de sentimientos, experiencias y devenires en los que también se mezclaba la crítica al Estado, el racismo, las clases, la caza política, la guerra, el judaísmo, los campos de concentración... He de reconocerlo, fue una lectura muy pesada. Aunque tuvo páginas que se quedarán gr ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The biography book Speak You Also of Survivor’s Reckoning, by Paul Steinberg, is about his horrendous experience and unstable journey during the Holocaust. As he turned sixteen Steinberg was arrested unjustly and deported with many other Jewish males to Auschwitz. As Steinberg was assigned to different jobs he gained an advantage than other Jewish he spoke, translated, and wrote in German. His knowledge and his ability to speak various languages allowed Steinberg to work as a chemist. While he w ...more
Anna Mae
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely powerful and provocative memoir about life in Auschwitz. When Primo Levi published his book "Survival in Auschwitz" he commented on a man whom he called Henri - and spoke to Henri's ability to survive at the cost of his humanity. Henri became a notorious character and the subject of much debate amongst Holocaust scholars (and anyone who read Levi's book). Levi's book poses the question, "Should a man do anything possible, at any cost, to survive? And if he does, has he in fa ...more
Rachel Jackson
Apr 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Speak You Also tries to answer that question that many Holocaust survivors dealt with: Am I guilty for still living? Am I guilty for not perishing so many others did? The book is presented as an interesting moral question from survivor Paul Steinberg, if his steadfast determination to survive the camps at any cost was worth the lives of his brethren.

The only problem was, the book was awful. Boring, confusing, poorly written; sweeping generalizations and self-aggrandized realizations. Holocaust b
Aug 04, 2007 rated it liked it
So, I read this book after discovering that it is a memoir written by Henri from Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. It's Steinberg's memoir written some 40 years after the events described, so even by his own admission its not intended as a source for precise historical recollections. It did however, provide a really fascinating text that served as a kind of apology and attempt at self-appraisal that seemed to me motivated almost as much by the need to respond to Levi's characterization of him ...more
Natalie Zarowny
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible account, one that is unique and beautifully written. Unlike many other accounts of the Holocaust, this one is written late in the author's life. Besides being unable to devote the time and emotional energy to write it, Steinberg recognizes that the most significant events of his experience will show through. I can't recommend this book enough.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Primo Levi retrató a Steinberg mucho mejor que él mismo con muchas menos palabras. Terrible, pero menos que el de Levi en cuanto se centra en su angustia de superviviente más que en la miseria a la que sobrevivió.
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author went into Auschwitz just shy of his 17th birthday and emerged, miraculously still alive, at 18. He waited 50 years to write this memoir. Because he waited so long, the memoir has a clinical quality to it that makes it all the more moving and thought provoking.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
There are much better written books about and by concentration camp survivors. It is amazing to hear from them though, this was just not the best told.
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
This is an edgy memoir of a holocaust survivor. It's not poetic and in that this book seems to me authentic and real. There is no happy ending here; no healing of pain. He remains raw.
Jacob Wren
Dec 02, 2010 marked it as to-read
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm glad this Holocaust memoir,which I had never heard of, was recommended to me.
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is a rare nonfiction read for me. I would have given it more than 5 stars if I could have. Stunning.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a wonderful testament to what happened to one young boy during the Holocaust. Hard to read, but important.
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