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Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered By Ruth Klüger Lore Segal Ruth Kluger Still Alive A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered Instead of God I believe in ghosts writes the literary scholar Ruth Kluger in this harrowing memoir of life under the yellow star a controversial bestseller in Germany Born in Vienna Kluger somehow
  • Title: Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
  • Author: Ruth Klüger Lore Segal Ruth Kluger
  • ISBN: 9781558614369
  • Page: 287
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  • Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered By Ruth Klüger Lore Segal Ruth Kluger Instead of God I believe in ghosts, writes the literary scholar Ruth Kluger in this harrowing memoir of life under the yellow star, a controversial bestseller in Germany.Born in Vienna, Kluger somehow survived a girlhood spent in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Gross Rosen Some of the lessons she imparts are surprising, as when she argues, against other historians, that Instead of God I believe in ghosts, writes the literary scholar Ruth Kluger in this harrowing memoir of life under the yellow star, a controversial bestseller in Germany.Born in Vienna, Kluger somehow survived a girlhood spent in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Gross Rosen Some of the lessons she imparts are surprising, as when she argues, against other historians, that the female camp guards were far humane than their male counterparts, and when she admits that she has difficulty today queuing in line, a constant of camp life, out of revulsion for the bovine activity of simply standing Her memories of her youth are punctuated by sharp reflections on the meaning of the Shoah, and how it should best be memorialized in a time when ever fewer survivors are left to act as witnesses Those reflections are often angry Absolutely nothing good came out of the concentration camps, she writes, recalling an argument with a naive German graduate student, and he expects catharsis, purgation, the sort of thing you go to the theatre for But they are constantly provocative, too Though readers will doubtless take issue with some of her conclusions, Kluger s insistent memoir merits a wide audience Gregory McNamee
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    1. Ruth Klüger Lore Segal Ruth Kluger

      Ruth Kl ger 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 Kl ger s life Kl ger, who then was only six years old, had to change schools frequently and grew up in an increasingly hostile and antisemitic environment Her father, who was a Jewish gynaecologist, lost his practitioner s license and was later sent to prison for performing an illegal abortion After the Nazi annexation of Austria, she was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp together with her mother at the age of 11 her father had tried to flee abroad, but was detained and killed One year later she was transferred to Auschwitz, then to Christianstadt, a subcamp of Gross Rosen Following the end of World War II in 1945 she settled in the Bavarian town of Straubing and later studied philosophy and history at the Philosophisch theologische Hochschule in Regensburg In 1947 she emigrated to the United States and studied English literature in New York and German literature at Berkeley Kl ger obtained an M.A in 1952, and later a Ph.D in 1967 She worked as a college professor of German literature in Cleveland, Ohio, Kansas, and Virginia, and at Princeton and UC Irvine Kl ger is a recognized authority on German literature, and especially on Lessing and Kleist She lives in Irvine, California and in G ttingen.

    973 thoughts on “Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered”

    1. I read the German original, titled 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 this book i [...]


    2. She survived hunger, cold and violenceRuth Kl ger was in Germany and gave a speech in the German TV.On the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz Birkenau desribed the 84 year old writer Ruth Kl ger, as a child from the deportet to the labor camp Christianstadt.She told how they lived over than 12 13 year old, hunger, violence and cold, as they arbitrariness and infamy has been exposed, as an SS man slapped her face, because she was eating in search of something.B [...]


    3. what I most liked about this book was the way Kluger simultaneously asserts uncomfortable and contradictory things like it s terrible when people assume that the catastrophe of the Holocaust must somehow have made people better, wiser, loving, but it s also terrible when people don t recognise that survivors might have some special insight into some things that silence and forgetfulness here is a terrible sin, but memorialisation is often empty and fetishistic that survivors of this kind of atr [...]


    4. Reviewing it a year after reading This Holocaust survivor story is different The style, the writer s personality is unapologetic and challenged me to re think what I as an outsider thought presumed to know about that period of history and the people who lived through it, as if she pointed her finger directly at me and other people who want to know her story, forcing us to answer why do we want to know her story Human beings have this need to be able to explain why something is and then when we t [...]


    5. Instead of God I believe in ghosts 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 abstract and 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 petty and brutal b [...]


    6. A very different Holocaust survival memoir than I am used to Kluger purposefully wrote this memoir for a different purpose this was not meant to show us what we already know about the Holocaust This does not look at grotesque portraits of concentration camp conditions or satanic SS generals and Nazis Kluger looks back at herself as a child during World War II with an objective mindset It is as if Kluger is psychoanalyzing herself through her writing.It is surprising in many ways Kluger does not [...]


    7. Este libro te hace comprender, a cada p gina, por qu existe la literatura Ya no es s lo que sea buen simo, es que es como si alguien hubiera destilado la esencia de literatura y la hubiera guardado entre portada y contraportada.


    8. Ein au ergew hnliches Buch ber die Erlebnisse eine auch au ergew hnlich denkenden Frau.Ihre Kindheit gab es eigentlich nicht Die verbrachte sie als verfolgte J din im okkupierten Wien, in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz und Gro Rosen berlebt hat sie nur, weil sie sich, als es an die Selektion ging, auf Rat einer anderen in der Reihe, als lter ausgab.So kam sie als Zwangsarbeiterin von Auschwitz nach Christianstadt, einem Teil des KZs Gro Rosen.Die Autorin geh rt so zu den j ngsten berlebenden der, wie [...]


    9. Ruth Klueger s Still Alive A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered is a powerful book that is difficult to describe The work is divided into four sections and an epilogue Vienna recounts Klueger s early childhood in the city The Camps discusses Klueger s time spent as a twelve and thirteen year old in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz Birkenau, the labor camp at Gross Rosen, and on a death march throughout Germany Germany discusses time spent in the country after running away from the death march until Klueger [...]


    10. I struggled with the rating on this book.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 tone [...]


    11. Over the years I have read a lot of holocaust books, both fiction and non fiction, and thought this would be another typical book I was wrong It is a very honest book about the author s relationship with her mother during the holocaust period and it certainly does not try to shock the reader with any type of expose of the realities of the camps In fact she deliberately refrains from doing that and tells the reader there are many other books to read which depict the atrocities if that is what you [...]


    12. Kluger is a wonderful writer and her story is raw and powerful It is as much about the life of a survivor as the story of her survival A child during the Holocaust, she ultimately became a professor Her description of the kinds of comments she had to endure after it was over, from people who had no idea what it was like, the lingering effects of the experience on her daily life, and her recollections of the luck of a single moment or the kindness of a stranger who acted unselfishly to save her l [...]


    13. This book shook me off my very foundation and took me to places I never thought I could mentally imagine or even endure I am still inspired by this book and the strength and fortitude of Ruth Kluger and her family I wrote the author shortly after I read the book and she returned my e mail with a thoughtful message I always love that because sometimes books inspire you so much you need an ongoing conversation to process it this book was one of those for meAD IT.


    14. Required for my 20th Century German Female Literature class Macabre, witty, humorous, but overwhelmingly sad One of the better books I ve read all due to chance One really connects with the author, though tangentially as one could never claim to really understand what she s been through Touching, like Schubert s Winterreise Be prepared to feel a little depressed when you finish though.




    15. While I can t honestly say that I think I d like have liked Ruth Kluger, I can honestly say her memoir is extremely thought provoking There were times when reading this that I disagreed with Kluger and even a time or two where I felt she d gone too far with her words.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 way s [...]


    16. Not great Although many think this is a great book, it didn t hit me as so.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 of he [...]


    17. AmazingI just loved this book The author was brilliant It was not the sad book I thought it would be Instead it made me laugh.


    18. This book made me aware of how glossed over other Holocaust accounts are we don t get real characters we get a shocked stereotype that has emerged from publishers trying to emphasis the innocence of Holocaust victims The reader is left to supply the feelings of horror, sadness, anger the character almost never feels or displays these emotions.This book isn t like that We are presented with a real person at various points, this could have easily been me Kluger s reactions are psychologically norm [...]


    19. I had never heard of this memoir before being assigned it on a reading list for my university course I am a relative newcomer to Holocaust memoirs, but found Kluger s writing style to be engaging and interesting.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 into i [...]


    20. This was part of the required reading materials for a class I ordered it off of , but the shipping was delayed so I just bought another copy from our school bookstore since the due date was the next day I went to the library with the intention of getting halfway through the book, and ended up reading through all of it I didn t want to put it down The style is blatantly honest, and there is no pretense about the opinion the author holds As a classmate pointed out, you can practically hear her rol [...]


    21. I wrote a blog post about some of my thoughts of this book You can find it here donnareadsbooks.tumblr pos.15 10 13 This was actually a re read for me and I really enjoyed if that s the right word to use it once again Kluger offers such a different narrative of the Holocaust than one would expect and I loved that it is as much about memory, as her experiences themselves, making it very self reflective Moreover, it does not present the Holocaust in a vacuum but places it in the context of her who [...]


    22. Ruth Kluger s memories of a holocaust childhood, are as close to the reality of that sunken, cold, frost bitten life that I have ever come across Perhaps that s because it is a very honest account I am surprised she remembered her feelings of so long ago with such remarkable clarity and had the courage to live through them again.These feelings are not those of a tragic heroine who bore the atrocities backed by an unshakable faith, nor do they emphasize dramatically the death that hangs around he [...]


    23. A different holocaust experience than the ones widely known and celebrated Ruth Kl ger is not afraid to show the raw emotions that go along with such a jarring experience as hers There is sometimes bitterness, and raw anger the anger of the child who had the bad luck she refuses to attribute it to fate or God to be born Jewish in Vienna in 1931 Seven years old at the Anschluss, she did not have the usual childhood experiences of learning to swim or ride a bike She learned different lessons less [...]


    24. While I struggled whether to rate this book with 4 or 5 stars, I don t struggle with this statement Still Alive is really good Kluger s writing is very powerful, and it didn t feel like I was reading at all rather, that I was having a conversation with her, and she was telling me about her life She made a lot of statements in her book that many people, including myself, wouldn t agree with like her statements against Holocaust museums , but I like that she s at least challenging what s expected [...]


    25. This is a wonderful book Unlike any other Holocaust memoirs I ve ever read, the author and narrator doesn t focus on the physical conditions of the concentration camps and really less than a 1 3 of the book is set there but instead uses the book as a sort of diary of her thoughts and impressions She discusses her life before, during, and after the Holocaust with refreshing frankness The author is not looking for pity or empathy, but simply telling of her experiences and thoughts While she talks [...]


    26. This is Kluger s rewritten English version of her German bestseller Perhaps the youngest survivor of Auschwitz, Kluger escaped with her mother shortly before Liberation They eventually emigrated to the US, where Kluger became an American citizen and professor of German literature Her account is almost interactive she tells part of her story, then stops to consider how you, as the reader, might be feeling, or what you re thinking She might let you have it for being too sentimental, or for making [...]


    27. It was refreshing to read a Holocaust memoir that does than recount the horrors that the author saw and experienced Kluger addresses issues and concepts I ve rarely seen addressed elsewhere For example, the silence about the Holocaust even after the war the term Holocaust didn t even come into use until the 70s , the point of memorializing concentration camps, whether the world really learned anything from what happened to the Jews, what it was like to grow up knowing that you were despised eno [...]


    28. Tja, was soll man dazu sagen Eine eindr ckliche, literarische Autobiographie der Autorin bis zu ihrem etwa 25 Lebensjahr Mit 11 Jahren kam sie, eine Wiener J din, ins KZ Wie kann eine Kindheit und Jugend unter solche grausamen Bedingungen aussehen Kl gers Schreibstil ist pers nlich, literarisch, bereichernd Ein unglaublich reflektierter und kluger Text, allerdings auch so aufgeladen mit allen Widerspr chlichkeiten, die die Unm glichkeit der Erinnerung an den Holocaust mit sich bringt, dass man a [...]


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