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Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered (The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Women's Series)

Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered (The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Women's Series)Author: Ruth Kluger
Brand: Brand: The Feminist Press at CUNY
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Languages: English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
Media: Hardcover
Edition: 1st English-language Ed
Pages: 272
Number Of Items: 1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 1
Dimensions (in): 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8

ISBN: 1558612718
EAN: 9781558612716
ASIN: 1558612718

Publication Date: November 1, 2001
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Swept up as a child in the events of Nazi-era Europe, Ruth Klüger saw her family's comfortable Vienna existence undermined and destroyed. By age eleven she had been deported, along with her mother to Theresienstadt, the first in a series of concentration camps which would become the setting for her shattered childhood. Klüger's story of her years in the camps and her struggle to establish a viable life after the war has emerged as one of the most powerful accounts of the Holocaust, in a class with the work of Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel—yet stridently different.

A coming-of-age story that constantly delves into the blunt, unsentimental observations of childhood, Still Alive rejects all easy assumptions about history. Kluger's memoir was a sensation when published in the original German, earning bestseller status and critical acclaim. The book's publication in a half-dozen other languages has garnered several awards for Klüger, among them the 1998 Prix de la Shoah. For its English edition, Klüger has translated and revised her own work, adding references and reflecting on the passage of time, in particular on the recent death of her mother.

Still Alive offers a fierce and bittersweet addition to the record of the Holocaust—the story of a woman who not only survived but fully reclaimed her life. It is a memoir of the pursuit of selfhood against all odds, a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist must learn never to rely on comforting assumptions, and always to seek her own truth.

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Ruth Klüger is professor emerita of German at UC Irvine. Weiter leben: eine jugend, published in German in 1992, has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, and Japanese. Klüger resides in Irvine, California. Marketing Plans: Extensive galley distribution to booksellers and reviewers Major broadcast media push Selected high-profile author events



Amazon.com Review
"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 more 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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