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Author: Helga Schneider; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An emotional memoir chronicles the uneasy reunion between a daughter abandoned at the age of four and the mother who left her husband and young children to join the infamous Nazi Secret Service in World War II. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, German
Named Person: Helga Schneider; Snyder family.; Helga Schneider; Helga Schneider; Snyder family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helga Schneider; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0802714358 9780802714350
OCLC Number: 55145887
Description: 166 pages ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Lasciami andare, madre.
Responsibility: by Helga Schneider ; [translated from the Italian by Shaun Whiteside].
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An emotional memoir chronicles the uneasy reunion between a daughter abandoned at the age of four and the mother who left her husband and young children to join the infamous Nazi Secret Service in World War II. 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. Helga Schneider was born in 1937 in Steinberg, now in Poland, and spent her childhood in Berlin. When her mother left the family, she was brought up first by her stepmother and then in a boarding school. She has lived as a freelance writer for many years in Bologna, Italy.

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