"Thanks to My Mother" Analytical Essay by capital writers

"Thanks to My Mother"
A review of the book "Thanks to my Mother" by Schoschana Rabinovici.
# 28363 | 3,104 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Literature (General) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper examines the book "Thanks to my Mother," by Schoschana Rabinovici, the story of one girl and her mother's survival of the Holocaust. Specifically it contains a critical review of the book, including a summary of the contents, a comparison to other studies from the class and a reaction to the reading. It looks at how what singles this story out from other Holocaust survival stories is the simple language the author uses to tell her story and the aura of hope that surrounds it. It discusses how it is a story of survival in its basest form. It shows how Susie's mother is undeniably wise and quick to understand their plight. She does just about anything necessary to shelter Susie, from lying about them being mother and daughter, to lying about Susie's age and sheltering her from the prying eyes of the Nazis so they would not discover she was just a child.

From the Paper:

"In 1943, Susie and her family leave the Vilnius ghetto; the entire ghetto is being liquidated. Most of her family is exterminated as soon as they leave the ghetto, but Susie and her mother make it out alive, and are sent to the concentration camp called "Kaiserwald." Incredibly, the concentration camp was a resort before the war. "Before the war Kaiserwald had been a holiday resort. Well-to-do families rented cottages and passed the warm-weather days here. There had been all kinds of colorful flowers here, wide lawns, rivers and beaches, and wonderful walking paths in the forests" (118). When the Jews arrived, the resort was gone, but they felt they had " left the worst behind us "(101), but they would soon discover this was of course not the case. They meet the "blitz maidens," SS women who wear "black, shiny boots" (102), and carry whips, which they use often. Four women have to sleep in one bed, and the food is barely edible. The days blend together into hours spent standing at roll call at 5 a.m. in any type of weather, to grueling hard labor building railroads, also in any weather, from rain to snow and wind."

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