Then the family is rounded up, deported to Auschwitz, and separated. She disguised herself as a peasant, worked hard labor on several farms, and even aided some of the Soviet partisans who took refuge in nearby forests. There is something inherently sharp and poignant about knowing that what you're reading is based on fact generally speaking. I rate this four out of five. Upon dressing in the clothes, Riva is forced to follow the women of the camp as they are screamed at to stand up in areas where the commandants cut and shave all of their hair off their heads. Men and boys occupied even-numbered barracks, women and children odd ones.
It was interesting to read about Poland and how the Jews there dealt with what was happening and I would like to find more of them. Some parts that really stood out to me, was I said before, all the choices that Riva takes. She is then given old clothes that do not fit well. I had to set the book down after I finished it and hold back tears. This was a truly touching account - one that I would imagine would lend itself to lots of classroom dialogue. Therefore, I think I should live with hope no matter how hard life is. She lived in a ghetto with her family, when the Nazis take away her mother.
The Holocaust was one of th I really like this book, because it makes me feel as if I am there. Only about 240 children younger than the age of 15 survived. Even so, most of the ghetto inhabitants, particularly the poorer ones and those unable to work, barely had enough food to survive. Everyday she got through her hard times by following her mother's quote and reminding her to stay strong and never give up. The memoir of Riva is so sad and yet so beautiful at the same time. Later they hide in the cellar, during the repeated raids by the Jewish Police looking for Jews to meet the Nazi quota for deportation to death camps. When I was young I was always taken aback by the physical pain.
Once Riva arrives at Auschwitz, she is separated from her family and she spends only one week there. It follows their life as family members and friends are killed or taken away by the Nazis never to be heard from again. The Cage is a wonderfully written book of the Holocaust. She has to go through many obstacles to get where she ends up. This book was a very good book, which it brought the sadness of the concentration camps. The historian Raul Hilberg describes him as a megalomaniac autocrat hungry for power. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
This book is filled with cliffhangers making it so hard to stop reading. Riva developed an infection in her hand from working in he concentration camp. I love her story of trying to save the books that the Germans would burn. As long as you are alive, you need hope to survive and go along through paths that may be a little bumpy to your destination. While Alicia lost one of her brothers under the Soviet occupation of Poland when he disappeared without a trace after having been recruited for training by the Red Army , once Germany invaded Poland the situation for Jewish families became far worse. The Cage is the story of a Polish Jewish family with a brief glimpse into their live prior to the invasion by the Nazis.
Riva Later changes name to Ruth is speaking with her daughter, Nancy, when her mind is taken back in time to 1941. And through determination and courage, and unexpected small acts of kindness, she does live. She has to step in as the new mother of her family to take care of her younger siblings. There she struggles with disease and lost ones as the nazis came to take the sick and the strong to camps. They were either liberated by the Allies from Auschwitz and other concentration camps or escaped the grueling death marches, once the Germans evacuated the concentration camps.
The only weakness I found in the book was that she made the Germans more reasonable and more humane then they actually were. She feels blessed that she is alive to tell her story, but she can never forget the terrible battles that she had to endure on a daily basis. In the beginning of the book, you figure out that her mom is taken away from the Nazis. Nearly one hundred fifty thousand men, women and children were sent to this fortress town in Czechoslovakia. As an adult I'd probably give it a star less, but when I first got this book I thought it was wonderful, and read it many times.
You will not be able to out the book down. I have read a lot of Holocaust lit over the years and am just as moved, touched, startled, and emboldened as the very first one I read Jacob's Rescue when I was about 9 years old. But despite my critiques, this is another book that should be read and I will be reading more of her work, as she has a book about her journey in America. It was a quick and easy read but it was worth while. The Cage follows the experience of 13 year old Riva and her life throughout the war. I find that as I get older what hits me the most has changed.