family breeds contempt

Let Me Go  by Helga Schneider  (166 pgs) 2004

Helga was four and her brother eighteen months old when their mother abandoned them.  Bad enough on it’s own.  But she abandoned them to join the SS and become a guard in concentration camps.  Helga only saw her mother twice after that.  Once 30 years later, and once 27 years after that, shortly before her mother died.  This is the stream-of-consciousness flash-back interspersed chronicle of that last visit.  Her mother remained unrepentant and unapologetic, seeing nothing wrong with her decision to leave her children or her work in the concentration camps.  Interesting focus for a holocaust book- simultaneously an insight into a guard’s justification and a daughter’s appalled questioning.

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