A testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit, family, and, above all, hope, this “vivid memoir of a woman who lost her youth and family to the Nazis” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is a Holocaust survival story that will be remembered for generations.
As long as there is life, there is hope…
After Riva’s mother was taken away by the Nazis, Riva and her younger brothers were left to cling to their mother’s brave words to help them endure life in the Lodz ghetto. Then the family is rounded up, deported to Auschwitz, and separated. Now Riva is alone.
At Auschwitz, and later in the work camps at Mittlesteine and Grafenort, Riva vows to live, and to hope—for Mama, for her brothers, for the millions of other victims of the nightmare of the Holocaust. And through determination and courage, and unexpected small acts of kindness, she does live. And this unforgettable memoir of love, strength, and survival is her story.
Ruth Minsky Sender (1926–2024) was a Holocaust survivor who went on to become an author and teacher of Jewish culture and history specializing in the Holocaust. The Cage was her first memoir; she was also the author of To LifeandThe Holocaust Lady.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 1, 1997)
Length: 256 pages
Grades: 9 and up
Ages: 14 - 99
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