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Let Me Go by Helga Schneider


Let Me Go by Helga Schneider

When Helga Schneider was four, her mother, Traudi, abandoned her to pursue her career. In 1998, Helga received a letter asking her to visit Traudi, now 90-years old, before she dies. Mother and daughter have met only once after Traudi left, on a disastrous visit where Helga first learnt the terrible secret of her mother's past. Traudi was as an extermination guard in Auschwitz and Ravensbruck and was involved in Nazi 'medical' experiments on prisoners. She has never expressed even the slightest remorse for her actions, yet Helga still hopes that at this final meeting she will find some way to forgive her mother.

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A powerful, painful book about moral responsibility Guardian Remarkable... Helga Schneider's frank account is desperately sad and powerful. Unforgettable Jewish Telegraph Frightening and fascinating Mail on Sunday Let Me Go grips the reader completely Glasgow Herald The book evocatively portrays the deprivations of wartime Berlin and the devastating emotional impact of one evil individual Irish Times

About the Author

Helga Schneider, born in 1937 in Steinberg, now in Poland, spent her childhood in Berlin. When her mother left the family in 1941 to become a concentration camp guard, Helga Schneider was brought up first by her stepmother, and then in boarding-schools. Since 1963 she has lived as a freelance writer in Bologna.

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Publication date

3rd March 2005


Helga Schneider

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


160 pages


European history
Autobiography: general



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