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The Cage Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1997
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Sender writes a searing, memorable story of her years in the Lodz ghetto and in Auschwitz. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up This reflective Holocaust memoir presents a series of brief scenes from 1939, when the author was 12 and Hitler invaded Poland, through the Russian liberation of the Mitelsteine labor camp in 1945. Like many other survivors of the Holocaust who have written accounts, Sender presents harrowing descriptions of life and death in the ghetto and concentration camps, and gives fervent testimonials to the love, strength, and dignity that helped make her survival possible. However, this telling stands out in other, equally important respects. Riva's widowed mother is arrested early on, and much of the first part of the book concerns the then 16-year-old's courageous efforts to preserve a family with her younger brothers. Later, after a brief ordeal in Auschwitz, Riva is transported to a slave labor camp, where she becomes seriously ill. Remarkably, a camp doctor is able to convince the S.S. commandante that Riva should be treated in a hospital outside the camp. This extraordinary situation allows Riva, and readers, rare glimpses of wartime German civilian life, and of the small sparks of compassion and humanity still present in her Nazi captors. Older students with previous knowledge of the subject will find Sender's narrative moving and thought provoking. But because of the book's sparse, impressionistic writing style, and its highly selective content, The Cage should be purchased only as a supplement to well developed and much used Holocaust collections. Ruth Horowitz, Notre Dame Academy Girls High School, Los Angeles
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Top customer reviews
I cannot wait to share this book with my own children. My prayer for them is to be moved by its truths and to find a courageous compassion for anyone who is being mistreated.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who finds it--young or old.
Still, the writing wasn't bad if not completely convincing. I feel that it is worth the read. Maybe more stories of the hope and humanity that existed along with the evil of hatred and ignorance need to be told about the Holocaust--particularly that from a young woman's point of view.
This book is well-written and engaging. The reader comes to care for the family and pulls for their survival. Overall this is a good holocaust memoir, which I would recommend for anyone.
I don't want to give things away, so I can't say much...
I wish more information had been given at the end of her freedom, reunions, moving to another country and her new life! I become so attached to the author that I want to continue on with her and see her progression in life.
May God bless Riva (Ruth) and her family!