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Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered (1992)
by Ruth Klüger
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"In this memoir, Ruth Kluger presents the story of a life fully lived against all odds. Taking us into the experience of the Holocaust as few writers have before, she offers one of the most powerful accounts of the dark heart of the twentieth century - and of a reclaimed life beyond." "Swept up as a child in the events of the Nazi era, Kluger saw her family's comfortable Vienna existence systematically undermined and destroyed. At the age of seven, she found that she was no longer welcome to sit on the park benches of her beloved hometown; at eleven she was deported to the first in the series of concentration camps that would become the setting for her precarious coming-of-age." "On publication in Germany, Still Alive sparked renewed discussion about the Holocaust. It has since been hailed across Europe as a literary masterwork. Published here in English for the first time, it presents a personal voice emerging through and against history. In her tale of survival, Kluger offers us a model of self-determination and tells of a passage to freedom achieved through fierce adherence to inner truth. As Johannes Rau, president of the Federal Republic of Germany, has said, Kluger's work shows that "the single, unique human being matters, always and in every situation, that every life is unlike every other life, unalterably and irrevocably.""--BOOK JACKET.
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