TELL ME ANOTHER MORNING by Zdena Berger

TELL ME ANOTHER MORNING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The third book within the year to retrace the calvary of the concentration camp (Elie Wiesel's Night, and best selling Schwarz-Bart's Last of the Just) does more closely justify the publisher's comparison with Anne Frank- as certainly the youthfulness of Tania here (who paraphrases Zdena Berger's own experiences) offsets the horror of what was endured and survived. From the first ""small trip""-because of the news - taken by Tania and her brother, Karel, and her parents, to their isolation in the first - of many - prison camps, the inevitable progression of the Jewish persecution is recorded; the black rimmed yellow star; the tattoed serial number, the shaved head. People leave - and disappear - her grandmother, her brother Karel, and always there is the specter of the ""big chimney"". Later there is her enforced separation from her parents, but she manages to stay near her friends, Ilse, whose sensuous drive sharpens and strengthens her ability to outwit and outlive others, and Eva- and these three survive the long months ahead- the death march as the liberating army approaches.... Mrs. Berger tells her shadowed story of fear, terror, and somehow hope, with considerable sensibility and often by implication and indirection; this does not make it any less moving- only more bearable.

Publisher: Harper