As their conversation continues, Schneider establishes that from the Nazi women's camp at Ravensbruck, her mother moved to Auschwitz-Birkenau where she was in charge of a "correction" unit where brutal torture was administered. Her mother not only remains uncontrite, but continues to regard her former prisoners as the sub-human inferiors of Nazi ideology.
Helga Schneider's extraordinary, frank account is desperately sad and extremely powerful. She describes without sentimentality or self-pity her own difficult upbringing and the raising of her own child against the background of painful confrontation of the reality of her mother. She skillfully interweaves her family history the story of their final meeting and powerfully evokes the dreadful misery of Nazi and immediate post-war Berlin. This is an important document on many levels: as Holocaust history, as evidence of the power of political ideology, and as an exploration of moral responsibility.
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By Andrew B. on 04-04-18
Oh woe is me!!!
So her mother did bad things.. but her mother had got herself to believe that her family were dead because of what had happened, then Helga comes strolling back in 30years after the last time she had seen her mother.
by the end I actually felt sorry for the 90year old mother not because she had been an SS officer but because of the way her daughter treated her and lied to her, and give it the "ohh feel sorry for me my mother was a Nazi".
it is an interesting insight into the family dynamics around when someone had done something evil but she could have carried on ignoring her.