Book Report: “Still Alive” by Ruth Kluger


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Essay #: 057736
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Book Report: "Still Alive" by Ruth Kluger
Ruth Kluger has demonstrated in her book Stay Alive that a piece of the human condition is one of not being able to accept horror for horrors sake. The externalization of horror as it existed in the holocaust brings out a deep rooted need for individuals to distance themselves from that which is to overwhelming to comprehend. One of the themes in Stay Alive is Kruger’s detest of sentimentality and emotionalism. Kluger believes that these two common themes in holocaust literature impede the critical faculty of reading about the holocaust. Kruger has written a very provocative and powerful account of living in the Ghetto during the holocaust that is unconventional because in some ways her attitude...
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.....n’s oppression is the same old fascism that was experienced during the holocaust.
There has been much criticism of Kluger’s memoir as an unsuccessful attempt of feminist literature. The old ideology of anything male as evil and women as powerless is viewed as outdated, but this is Kluger’s interpretation. The ideology may be outdated, but the pain and experience of Kluger as a child of the holocaust is not. Readers tend to forget that Kluger did not write a book about feminism. Stay Alive is a memoir, a recollection of one person’s life, an interpretation of one person’s memories of their personal history. This is not to say that there is not a strong contempt for femininity in fascism. It’s just that is not the book that Ruth Kluger wrote.