Speak You Also: A Survivor's Reckoning

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Speak You Also: A Survivor's Reckoning

Speak You Also A Survivor s Reckoning A concentration camp survivor confronts one of the most heated and vexed questions of the Holocaust what price survival In sixteen year old Paul Steinberg was arrested in Paris and deported to A

  • Title: Speak You Also: A Survivor's Reckoning
  • Author: Paul Steinberg Linda Coverdale
  • ISBN: 9780312420451
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • A concentration camp survivor confronts one of the most heated and vexed questions of the Holocaust what price survival In 1943, sixteen year old Paul Steinberg was arrested in Paris and deported to Auschwitz A chemistry student, Steinberg was assigned to work in the camp s laboratory alongside Primo Levi, who would later immortalize his fellow inmate as Henri, the ulA concentration camp survivor confronts one of the most heated and vexed questions of the Holocaust what price survival In 1943, sixteen year old Paul Steinberg was arrested in Paris and deported to Auschwitz A chemistry student, Steinberg was assigned to work in the camp s laboratory alongside Primo Levi, who would later immortalize his fellow inmate as Henri, the ultimate survivor, the paradigm of the prisoner who clung to life at the cost of his own humanity One seems to glimpse a human soul, Levi wrote in If This Is a Man, but then Henri s sad smile freezes in a cold grimace, and here he is again, intent on his hunt and his struggle hard and distant, enclosed in armor, the enemy of all Now, after fifty years, Steinberg speaks for himself In an unsparing act of self scrutiny, he traces his passage from artless adolescent to ruthless creature determined to do anything to live He describes his strategies of survival the boxing matches he staged for the camp commanders, the English POWs he exploited, the maneuvers and tactics he applied with cold competence Ultimately, he confirms Levi s judgment No doubt he saw straight I probably was that creature, prepared to use whatever means I had available But, he asks, Is it so wrong to survive Brave and rare, Speak You Also is a profound and necessary addition to the body of Holocaust writing a survivor s reckoning with culpability and survival.

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    One thought on “Speak You Also: A Survivor's Reckoning

    1. Miguel Angel Pedrajas on said:

      Hace un año aproximadamente abarcaba el libro Vida y destino de Vasily Grossman. Un libro denso que narra la historia de múltiples personajes de una misma familia rusa en el devenir de la segunda guerra mundial. Una maraña de sentimientos, experiencias y devenires en los que también se mezclaba la crítica al Estado, el racismo, las clases, la caza política, la guerra, el judaísmo, los campos de concentración He de reconocerlo, fue una lectura muy pesada. Aunque tuvo páginas que se queda [...]

    2. Nakya on said:

      The biography book Speak You Also of Survivor’s Reckoning, by Paul Steinberg, is about his horrendous experience and unstable journey during the Holocaust. As he turned sixteen Steinberg was arrested unjustly and deported with many other Jewish males to Auschwitz. As Steinberg was assigned to different jobs he gained an advantage than other Jewish he spoke, translated, and wrote in German. His knowledge and his ability to speak various languages allowed Steinberg to work as a chemist. While he [...]

    3. Anna Mae on said:

      This is an extremely powerful and provocative memoir about life in Auschwitz. When Primo Levi published his book "Survival in Auschwitz" he commented on a man whom he called Henri - and spoke to Henri's ability to survive at the cost of his humanity. Henri became a notorious character and the subject of much debate amongst Holocaust scholars (and anyone who read Levi's book). Levi's book poses the question, "Should a man do anything possible, at any cost, to survive? And if he does, has he in fa [...]

    4. Rachel Jackson on said:

      Speak You Also tries to answer that question that many Holocaust survivors dealt with: Am I guilty for still living? Am I guilty for not perishing so many others did? The book is presented as an interesting moral question from survivor Paul Steinberg, if his steadfast determination to survive the camps at any cost was worth the lives of his brethren.The only problem was, the book was awful. Boring, confusing, poorly written; sweeping generalizations and self-aggrandized realizations. Holocaust b [...]

    5. Steel on said:

      So, I read this book after discovering that it is a memoir written by Henri from Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. It's Steinberg's memoir written some 40 years after the events described, so even by his own admission its not intended as a source for precise historical recollections. It did however, provide a really fascinating text that served as a kind of apology and attempt at self-appraisal that seemed to me motivated almost as much by the need to respond to Levi's characterization of him [...]

    6. Natalie Zarowny on said:

      This is an incredible account, one that is unique and beautifully written. Unlike many other accounts of the Holocaust, this one is written late in the author's life. Besides being unable to devote the time and emotional energy to write it, Steinberg recognizes that the most significant events of his experience will show through. I can't recommend this book enough.

    7. Carlos on said:

      Primo Levi retrató a Steinberg mucho mejor que él mismo con muchas menos palabras. Terrible, pero menos que el de Levi en cuanto se centra en su angustia de superviviente más que en la miseria a la que sobrevivió.

    8. Judy on said:

      The author went into Auschwitz just shy of his 17th birthday and emerged, miraculously still alive, at 18. He waited 50 years to write this memoir. Because he waited so long, the memoir has a clinical quality to it that makes it all the more moving and thought provoking.

    9. Shellie on said:

      There are much better written books about and by concentration camp survivors. It is amazing to hear from them though, this was just not the best told.

    10. Darleen on said:

      This is an edgy memoir of a holocaust survivor. It's not poetic and in that this book seems to me authentic and real. There is no happy ending here; no healing of pain. He remains raw.

    11. Peggy on said:

      I'm glad this Holocaust memoir,which I had never heard of, was recommended to me.

    12. Jacquie on said:

      This is a rare nonfiction read for me. I would have given it more than 5 stars if I could have. Stunning.

    13. Jonna on said:

      a wonderful testament to what happened to one young boy during the Holocaust. Hard to read, but important.

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