Let Me Go
The extraordinary memoir, praised across Europe, of a daughter's final encounter with her mother, a former SS guard at Auschwitz.
In 1941, in Berlin, Helga Schneider's mother abandoned her, her younger brother, and her father. Thirty years later-- when she saw her mother again for the first time-- Schneider discovered the shocking reason: Her mother had joined the Nazi SS and had become a guard in concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Ravensbrück, where she was in charge of a "correction" unit and responsible for untold acts of torture.
Nearly three more decades would pass before their second and final reunion, an emotional encounter at a Vienna nursing home, where her mother, then eighty-seven and unrepentant about her past, was ailing. Let Me Go is an extraordinary account of that meeting. Their conversation-- which Schneider recounts in spellbinding detail-- triggers childhood memories, and she weaves these into her account, powerfully evoking the misery of Nazi and postwar Berlin. Yet it is her internal struggle-- a daughter's sense of obligation colliding with the inescapable horror of what her mother has done-- that will stay with readers long after the book has ended.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Adolf Eichmann announces armchair Aunt Margarete Auschwitz Berlin Birkenau Brack breath brother bunker call me Mutti camp comrades cousin daugh daughter dead doctors don’t want everything extermination eyes face father feel fingers flowers Frau Freihorst Fräulein Inge comes Führer gas chambers gesture give glance Goebbels grandmother grips guests hair hands hate heart Heinrich Himmler Helga Hilde Hitler's Hoess I’ve insists irritably Jewish Jews Josef Goebbels kind kiss leans lips look lost Mausi memory minutes mother murmurs Nazi never Niederschönhausen once ornamental plant Peter Poland prisoners pulled Ravensbrück Reich remember repeats reply Rudolf Hoess seems sent shakes her head shrieks smile someone stares starts stay Stefan stepmother stop sudden talk taxi tears teddy bear tell There's things thought told Treblinka turned Ursula Vienna voice Waffen-SS Wehrmacht window woman yellow roses Zakopane