Friday, March 19, 2010

The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender

Ruth Minsky Sender's book, “The Cage”, is a non fiction book. If you have read “Night and Forgotten Fire” you will enjoy reading “The Cage”. The story starts by introducing the present day of a woman who survived the holocaust and lived to tell about it. Later the story goes back to the year 1939 when Germany invades Poland. Riva, the main character, and her family need to survive this hated Nazi world. Riva had her mother taken away by the Nazis. Now, Riva has to take care of her younger brothers for survival. Later in the story Riva and her younger brothers get deported to Auschwitz and then to the work camps at Mittelstein and Grafenort. Riva and her younger brothers are separated when they arrived in Auschwitz. Riva has to survive alone knowing her younger brothers might not survive. Riva's determination and courage lets her survive in this harsh war. Riva learns the strength of the human spirit and learns a big important lesson her mother told her, "as long as there is life, there is hope". The story ends in the present day with Riva talking to her daughter and how she has become a better person.

Sergio C.

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