Let Me Go

Let Me Go Unforgettable And Deeply Arresting, Let Me Go Is A Haunting Memoir Of World War II That Won T Let You Go Until You Ve Finished Reading The Last Page The Washington Post Book World In , In Berlin, Helga Schneider S Mother Abandoned Her Along With Her Father And Younger Brother Let Me Go Recounts Helga S Final Meeting With Her Ailing Mother In A Vienna Nursing Home Some Sixty Years After World War II, In Which Helga Confronts A Nightmare Her Mother S Lack Of Repentance About Her Past As A Nazi SS Guard At Concentration Camps, Including Auschwitz, Where She Was Responsible For Untold Acts Of Torture With Spellbinding Detail, Schneider Recalls Their Conversation, Evoking Her Own Struggle Between A Daughter S Sense Of Obligation And The Inescapable Horror Of Her Mother S Deeds

Nasce nel 1937 in Slesia territorio tedesco che dopo la seconda guerra mondiale sar assegnato alla Polonia Nel 1941 Helga e suo fratello Peter, rispettivamente di 4 anni e 19 mesi, con il padre gi al fronte, vengono abbandonati a Berlino dalla madre, che arruolatasi come ausiliaria nelle SS diverr guardiana al campo femminile di Ravensbruck e successivamente di Auschwitz Birkenau.Helga e Pet

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  • Paperback
  • 166 pages
  • Let Me Go
  • Helga Schneider
  • English
  • 08 May 2019
  • 9780143035176

10 thoughts on “Let Me Go

  1. says:

    Before getting to the actual book, I was staggered to learn Helga Schneider s mother, a truly wicked woman and member of the Waffen SS, served only a six year prison term for minor war crimes, which, to rub salt into the wounds of the Jews, was reduced down to the fact of complete cooperation with an Allied investigating commission Six years , minor crimes , what went on within the walls of Birkenau can hardly be seen as minor OK, so she was only a guard, and nowhere near as bad as some of the other monsters who carried out mass killings But selecting women prisoners for brothels, tearing screaming children away from their mothers, rifle butting, assisting in ghastly experiments, and on the whole, showing absolutely no remorse whatsoever for her role in the final solution looks pretty bad to me She should have received a far severe sentence So, it s 1998, and after a 30 year wait, in which she discovered her mother s dark past, an older Helga received a letter asking to visit her 90 year old mother, Traudi, now residing in a nursing home and in poor health Traudi, during the war, cruelly abandoned her two young children, Helga and Peter, to join the SS, believing totally in the extermination of the Jews Once the two finally meet, her mother cunningly first denies ever having children, but comes around, and vividly recounts to her daughter the horrors that played out during the time with the SS, and the reasons for walking out on her family They talk, one in disbelief, the other in stubborn pride I suppose Helga was looking for some sort of apology after all these years, not just for her children, but all those exterminated Forget it Once a Nazi, always a Nazi She may have been half dead, with a sunken face, poor eyesight, and rancid breath, but this old hag clearly still had SS blood pumping through her knackered veins She was, quite frankly, despicable I would have thrown her out the window.Whilst Helga listened on, Traudi s face would light up when going into details on her disgust for the Jews, she practically blamed them for just about anything and everything You would think at 90 years old, a softer side may have emerged, being the final time she would get to see her offspring, but there wasn t much to say about any positives in the outcome Helga really was torn between hating her mother and feeling sorry for her Did she find a place in her heart to forgive , by the end it s difficult to tell.Although dealing with some powerful themes, for me, the book read far too much like a novel Her mother was no doubt playing around with her marbles upstairs, and I took pity on how painful this must have been for Helga, but on an emotional level I was left feeling a little empty It s no doubt carried with a heart rendering premise, but the fact of me reading many other hard hitting books on the Holocaust, this just didn t touch me in the ticker, or punch me in the guts as much.A decent read, but with mixed results.

  2. says:

    In 1941, when Helga Schneider was four and her brother Peter not even two years of age, they were abandoned by their mother Their father, Stefan, was on the front, fighting for Hitler at the time, and an aunt and their paternal grandmother stepped in to care for the children Soon after, Stefan remarried Helga was not to see her mother, Traudi, for another thirty years From Bologna where she d moved in 1963 as a sixteen year old Helga travelled with her young son to Vienna to see Traudi who, she learned, had abandoned her children because of her fervent commitment to the National Socialist Party In fact, Traudi had been a fanatical servant of the Fuhrer During this 1971 meeting, Traudi showed complete indifference to her grandchild Her chief interest was in proudly displaying her SS uniform to her daughter She offered Helga a handful of heavy gold jewellery, stolen from Jews it might come in handy one day and revealed that she had participated in the exterminations at Auschwitz Birkenau But Helga Schneider s book isn t about the 1971 meeting after which she determined she would expunge the woman from memory It is actually an account of the final, two hour meeting she and her cousin Eva had with Traudi in 1998, twenty seven years later Gisela, a Viennese friend of Traudi, had written to Helga in August, 1998 to report that Traudi s health was failing She had been behaving in increasingly bizarre ways purging recently purchased items from her apartment, cleaning obsessively floors flooded with pail upon pail of water, attempting to order coffins for her dead children, and regularly getting lost in the city She was now in a home for the aged and likely had little time left If Helga wanted to see her well, perhaps this was the last chance Helga made the journey Her book details the intense, emotional confrontation she had with her mother, a true believer if there ever was one Traudi had begun as an assistant to the doctors who performed muscle regeneration and bone grafting experiments on prisoners in Ravensbruck She had then chosen to undergo dehumanization training in order to work at Birkenau.LET ME GO is an appalling and riveting document Schneider judiciously incorporates some material from a text on Nazi medical experimentation and offers a play by play of the turbulent and complex emotions she experienced while in the presence of the frail ninety year old who was plainly cognitively compromised, yet possessed a razor sharp recall of her time as one of Hitler s henchwomen one of his Furies.I know of no other written text that details the kind of encounter Helga Schneider had with Traudi However, the book put me in mind of the equally powerful 2006 documentary INHERITANCE , whose subject is Monika Hertwig, daughter of the infamous Butcher of Plaszow , Amon Goeth famously channeled by Ralph Fiennes for Steven Spielberg s movie SCHINDLER S LIST Schneider s book is short and can easily be read in a single sitting I wish that the author had documented how she initially managed to find her mother at all and that she had also provided information about her childhood, adolescence, and her life after the 1998 meeting One can only come by these details by reading the press around the book and the relatively recent film, starring Juliet Stevenson, based on Schneider s harrowing final encounter with the woman who had abandoned her fifty seven years before.

  3. says:

    Dopo ventisette anni oggi ti rivedo, madre, e mi domando se nel frattempo tu abbia capito quanto male hai fatto ai tuoi figli Stanotte non ho chiuso occhio Ora quasi giorno ho aperto la serranda Un fumoso velo di luce si va schiarendo sopra i tetti di Vienna.Oggi ti rivedo, madre, ma con quali sentimenti Che cosa pu provare una figlia per una madre che ha rifiutato di fare la madre per entrare a far parte della scellerata organizzazione di Heinrich Himmler Difficile dire nulla Dopotutto sei mia madre Ma impossibile dire a Non posso amarti, madre Ho letto questo libro con un costante senso di tensione dolorosa, per il tragico intrecciarsi dei due temi che lo percorrono dalla prima all ultima pagina il dolore universale della Storia e il dolore privato di una figlia che non riesce a sottrarsi neppure in tarda et al trauma di un abbandono e al sentimento lacerante che la porta a desiderare di odiare la propria madre, senza riuscirci Una vicenda di dolore e follia, di catarsi mancata, di lutto procrastinato, di disperato e incurabile desiderio di essere amati E pur sempre mia madre, e quando se ne andr una parte di me se ne andr con lei Ma quale Non trovo risposta a questa domanda.

  4. says:

    Come reagireste se, ormai in veneranda et , incontraste vostra madre per la seconda volta in oltre cinquant anni, dopo essere stati da lei bruscamente abbandonati a quattro anni Quello che l autrice ci dona un quadro psicologico denso di contraddizioni e false verit la madre, con lucida dedizione, fronteggia la caduta di un illusione, la fine di un era storica, sacrificando la propria umanit per uno scopo irrealizzabile e rifiutando la propria maternit per attuare la soppressione degli istinti e del disordine Lo stile, contratto e pungente, non tra i miei preferiti, ma certamente il pi adatto alla materia trattata.Una lettura memorabile, a tratti disturbante, che consiglio a tutti.

  5. says:

    In un uggioso pomeriggio del novembre 1941, a Berlino, Helga vede andar via la madre, arruolata nelle SS.La rivedr nel 1971 un incontro che la lascer distrutta e determinata a seppellirla idealmente.Nel 1998 una lettera che la avverte che la madre ancora viva ma con la memoria traballante, la spinge a rivederla.Piena di angoscia e dubbi, si reca a Vienna, nell ospizio in cui ricoverata, decisa a ottenere risposte che colmino quasi 60 anni di silenzi e rancore Desiderosa di provare un sentimento diverso dall odio e dalla repulsione per quella sconosciuta di cui conosce il passato di fervente e fanatica nazista, guardiana nei campi di sterminio.L incontro si riveler un gioco spietato di domande e risposte da cui nessuna delle due uscir vincitrice Poco incisivo e stilisticamente non convincente sfogo privato Ben lontano dall efficacia di Il rogo di Berlino e di Il piccolo Adolph aveva le ciglia.

  6. says:

    English review at the bottom.Helga Schneider aveva soltanto 4 anni quando la madre abbandon lei, il figlio di 19 mesi e il marito per diventare una SS e guardia nel campo di concentramento di Ravensbr ck e poi anche Auschwitz Da quel giorno del 1941, Helga rivide la madre soltanto nel 1971 e poi nel 1998 quando ormai novantenne e ospite di un ospizio austriaco un breve saggio autobiografico in cui l autrice racconta del suo secondo e ultimo incontro con la madre, ma soprattutto un guardarsi dentro Si pu perdonare una madre per aver abbandonato due figli piccoli per inseguire un ideale Si pu vivere senza sensi di colpa sapendo che la propria madre stata complice dello sterminio degli ebrei Un figlio vorrebbe sempre e soltanto vedere il lato umano della propria madre Come fare, invece, se questa madre non soltanto non rinnega il passato ma ancora una nazista convinta di aver fatto ci che era giusto fare Neanche a 90 anni ci sono tracce di pentimento in questa donna Anzi, riesce ancora ad essere perfettamente lucida e sadica da abbindolare e ingannare ai propri piaceri la figlia ormai sessantenne Mentre Helga cerca di trovare un briciolo di umanit nella madre, questa la mena per il naso a suo piacimento Si pu provare pena per una novantenne sapendo ci che ha fatto E a 90 anni ha raccontato alla figlia la verit o soltanto ci che la figlia voleva sentirsi dire per poter odiare la madre e chiudere un capitolo doloroso della sua vita un libro tosto Non soltanto per i racconti della madre sul suo lavoro nel campo di concentramento, ma anche per il malessere e turbamento interiori di Helga durante l incontro un libro che induce a riflettere io, al posto di Helga, cosa avrei fatto Il legame tra madre e figli veramente cos forte da indurre una figlia, anche a 60 anni, a sperare in un pentimento da parte della madre e in un gesto d affetto EnglishThis was a pretty short but really very very tough read because of the content It is a WWII memoir and the author, Helga Schneider, is already 60 years old when she meets for the second and last time in her life her mother In 1941 Helga was only 4 years old when her mother abandoned her and her other son that was 19 months old, in order to become an SS and a guard in the concentration camps of Ravensbr ck and later Auschwitz Helga s father rimarried though this stepmother hated Helga and closed her in boarding schools and it was only in 1971, after 30 years, when Helga meets again her mother But it wasn t a happy meeting because Helga finds out that her mother had been a Nazi Then in 1998 she receives a letter by a friend of her mother telling her that her mother is 90 years old, in a nursing home in Austria, and that it would be better to go because she could have died Helga decides to go to meet her mother for the second time, hoping that she would apologize for what she had done not only to have abanonded the family and two little children, but also to have been a Nazi Well, this woman at 90 is still a proud Nazi sure to have done what should have been done She is also proud to have done her job very well It is a very tough book not only because of the stories of Helga s mother about her job in a concentration camp, but also because you feel for Helga that at age 60 still tries to see something good in her mother and really hopes that she apologizes and tells her something tender She also would like that her mother apologizes for have been a Nazi, but there are no regrets in this 90 years old woman.It is a very thought provoking book because I started thinking how would I behave with such a mother Can we forgive a 90 years old lady for whatever she has done At 60 are we still looking for some affection and tenderness from our mother It is really so important also at 60 It is a book that leaves you with a lot of questions.

  7. says:

    Due donne a confronto per poche ore Una madre e una figlia che sono quasi due sconosciute e in mezzo a loro un abisso l orrore dei campi di concentramento Come una figlia pu accettare di essere abbandonata da una madre che segue il Reich in ogni suo ordine e obbedisce senza pentimento alle terribili disposizioni contro gli ebrei Dopo un assenza che una presenza costante in tutta la sua vita giunge il momento di fare i conti con questo vuoto E cos Helga ritorna a Vienna, una citt bella ma che sente estranea, per seguire l oscuro richiamo del sangue, per provare a scoprire se quella donna che sua madre ha ancora un briciolo di umanit in quegli occhi che hanno visto l Inferno e se si pentita Ma ha paura perch se anche quel sangue chiama il disgusto che prova per lei impossibile da sopportare E la freddezza con cui la madre le racconta il lavoro che svolgeva nei campi, l orgoglio per le mansioni svolte con attenzione costante, la certezza che la soluzione finale fosse giusta si rivelano come un buco nero in cui sprofondare E insieme a questo arriva il decadimento fisico di una donna alla fine della sua vita di una tenerezza che vorrebbe esserci ma che non trova basi su cui fondarsi I racconti sono accennati ma brutali, le parole dure stridono, feriscono, la gola riarsa, le mani nodose, la mancanza d aria, e raccontano di una sofferenza fisica oltre che emotiva Sono stata a Mauthausen, ho visto forni piccoli come i cassetti dei com perch la gente arrivava li pelle e ossa dopo lavori disumani, stanze delle docce grandi come ripostigli dove venivano assiepate centinaia di persone contemporaneamente Ero in qualche modo preparata a quello che avrei potuto vedere e provare anche se quando ce l hai di fronte molto diverso Ma la sensazione peggiore stata quella che ho provato mentre arrivavo una collinetta piena di verde su cui la strada si inerpicava, come un piccolo bosco e in mezzo tante villette singole, stile liberty, nella pace del verde, abitate E mi sono immaginata come adesso vivere l , a due passi dal peggio dell uomo,e come doveva essere viverci mentre il campo funzionava L orrore che si prova l dentro non si pu raccontare.

  8. says:

    At times it was difficult to continue reading this book I stayed with it because of the mother daughter connection It would be hard not to feel revulsion toward oneself, knowing you were spawned by such a despicable creature It sickens me just to think I m a member of the same species as Helga Schneider s mother We re not really the same species, though I am homo sapiens and she was homo monsterus horribilis It s bad enough that a woman would abandon her two small children without hesitation or sorrow Worse that she would do it to serve pure evil Helga s mother left them so she could join the SS and be a guard at Birkenau There she selected people to be murdered, and participated in unspeakable acts of torture She later worked at Ravensbruck, helping the doctors with their brutal experiments on Jewish prisoners Many years later, when Helga confronted her mother about those WWII atrocities, the old woman had not one twinge of regret or remorse With glee and pride, yes, PRIDE, she recounted the crimes she committed against thousands of innocent people.

  9. says:

    Decid compaginarlo con LTI para empaparme bien de nazismo real y veraz en primera persona Este libro me ha ido golpeando duro en el est mago en cada rato de lectura Es terrible observar la manipulaci n y lobotom a que pueden abocar a determinados seres a actos sin un pice de dolor ni arrepentimiento Una historia, una conversaci n, tan cruda y un comportamiento tan crudos y dolorosos que s lo te demuestran la locura humana.

  10. says:

    This is a deeply compelling and disturbing chronicle of a daughter s final visit with the mother who abandoned her decades before in order to become a prison guard at Auschwitz The author wrestles deeply during the visit as she seeks to understood what possibly could have motivated her mother to make the choices she did She weaves in her personal history as she attempts to relate to and reconcile with the senile stranger she hasn t seen than a handful of times in 30 years She probes her frail mother in the lucid moments as she seeks answers to questions that have haunted her since childhood How far will the author push her mother and how much manipulation from a still unrepentant woman will Schneider tolerate in the hope of hearing remorse from a woman who personally herded prisoners into the gas chambers It s an emotionally exhausting test of wills that examines where an individual draws her own boundaries, where she is willing to compromise, and the outcome of such deeply personal choices.This is an intense read but well worth it.

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