Let me go
|Format:||Print Book 2004|
|Availability:||Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies|
The extraordinary memoir, praised across Europe, of a daughter's final encounter with her mother, a former SS guard at Auschwitz.
In 1941, in Berlin, Helga Schneider's mother abandoned her, her younger brother, and her father. Thirty years later-- when she saw her mother again for the first time-- Schneider discovered the shocking reason: Her mother had joined the Nazi SS and had become a guard in concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Ravensbr#65533;ck, where she was in charge of a "correction" unit and responsible for untold acts of torture.
Nearly three more decades would pass before their second and final reunion, an emotional encounter at a Vienna nursing home, where her mother, then eighty-seven and unrepentant about her past, was ailing. Let Me Go is an extraordinary account of that meeting. Their conversation-- which Schneider recounts in spellbinding detail-- triggers childhood memories, and she weaves these into her account, powerfully evoking the misery of Nazi and postwar Berlin. Yet it is her internal struggle-- a daughter's sense of obligation colliding with the inescapable horror of what her mother has done-- that will stay with readers long after the book has ended.
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Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. -- Schutzstaffel -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Germany.
Concentration camp guards -- Germany -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, German.
Children of Nazis -- Germany -- Biography.
Mother and child.
|Publisher|| New York :Walker & Co.,2004
|Other Titles|| Lasciami andare, madre.
166 pages ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
|ISBN||0802714358 (alk. paper)