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From Ashes to Life: My Memories of the Holocaust (edició 1994)

de Lucille Eichengreen (Autor)

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Eichengreen recounts her experiences of the Holocaust relating her journey as a young Jewish girl through Nazi Germany and Poland.
Títol:From Ashes to Life: My Memories of the Holocaust
Autors:Lucille Eichengreen (Autor)
Informació:Mercury House (1994), Edition: Second, 240 pages
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Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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From Ashes to Life: My Memories of the Holocaust de Lucille Eichengreen

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I teach a course on the Holocaust in high school This is one of the required reads. Without a doubt, this is the student favorite every year, even though it is an adult book. The writing is plain and straight forward, yet chilling. They are even yet more amazed that the ending is "unsettled." Lucille did not find that lessons have been learned. A great book~ ( )
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Lucille Eichengreen was born Cecelia Landau in Hamburg, Germany. From Ashes to Life chronicles her Holocaust experience from the first moments of foreboding as antisemitism becomes more prevalent in Germany until after the war when she serves as a valuable witness against those who had committed such atrocities and then moves on to begin a new life in America. Eichengreen's story is told in spare, almost childlike prose that serves to avoid any distraction from the horror of the events described.

Eichengreen chronicles her experience in the Lodz ghetto, where she lost what was left of her family, and in various concentration camps including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. However, what sets this memoir apart from the others I have read is her elaboration on what happened after her liberation from Bergen-Belsen. Eichengreen's memoir goes on to tell us about her role in bringing 42 SS members to trial for war crimes and her experience testifying against them in court. Eichengreen's bravery in facing her opressors in court is astonishing, and she helps us to see both how necessary she believed it to be, how strange it was to have roles reversed, and how painful it was for her to take on this role.

Additionally, Eichengreen tells of her new life in America and of a visit paid to Hamburg long after the end of the war. I was disappointed, as she was, by the relative lack of regret or remembrance she found in Germany and Poland. It was also shocking to see how the Jews that remained continued to conform to a persistent, if not always obvious, view of themselves as lesser humans that continued to exist in Germany and in Poland. Eichengreen spotlights what seems to be a reluctance to learn from history that is frightening.

Eichengreen's Holocaust experience but more importantly her emergence from the Holocaust to a new life is difficult but necessary reading. Her post-war experience includes some unforgettable scenes, including meeting a former kapo in a New York store. From Ashes to Life is important reading for those who would learn about the Holocaust and who would strive to eliminate those attitudes that could keep history from repeating itself. ( )
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