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Reise im August Alice is eleven years old, and it is wartime She is on a train with no seats, no lights, no sanitary facilities Her parents and her grandmother are missing, and Alice doesn t know where she is going Maybe she will get to play outside again, maybe she will see her parents But as the train rolls on, Alice begins to realize that just when you think things can t possibly get any worse, they do.

10 thoughts on “Reise im August

  1. says:

    This is a grim, brutal, and heartbreaking book It s told from the point of view of a young eleven year old Jewish girl in Germany during the Nazi era, who is on a train to who knows where.It s exceptionally well written and an engrossing story All the characters seemed very real.I thought the author got it just right in the depiction of a child who s been lied to and deceived, knows something is not quite right but is trusting, and who inevitably finds out the truth, or in this case, something close to the truth That aspect in particular really resonated with me At first I had a difficult time believing in the girl s naivet , but then it did seem genuine and believable I wouldn t suggest this book as an introduction to the Nazi holocaust There is an short afterword that gives pertinent information, but I think I enjoyed this book because I knew what was going on every step of the way But, maybe that s just me.I wouldn t recommend this for anyone younger than eleven and that would be too young for some readers I consider this an adult young adult book, not a children s book To all potential readers Do not plan to snack eat while reading this Seriously

  2. says:

    A close account of what a Jewish child might have gone through in the Holocaust, written from a hopeless perspective of someone who doesn t survive Not heavy to read, and not necessarily bringing any new information, but rather emotional charge and moral questions.

  3. says:

    The Holocaust is an all too popular subject for young adult literature, so it was with reluctance that I opened this book Unlike so many books in this genre, there are no real heroes, no noble acts, and no redemption in this claustrophobic tale first published in Germany Instead, this short novel focuses on the tedium, uncertainty, and unease in one railway car full of Jews making the forced journey to Auschwitz Alice, the central character, is nearly twelve, but has lived such a sheltered life that she seems much younger Despite hiding in a basement for than two years, she knows nothing of the war or the atrocities being committed Her own parents disappeared in the dark of night, but her grandparents reassured her that it was only because her mother needed emergency dental care, which the naive child believed And so Alice finds herself in a herd of humanity, heading east, hoping to be reunited with her parents Over the course of the brief journey her illusions are shattered as she witnesses death including her own grandfather s , birth, and the entire spectrum of human emotions When the torture of the journey is finally over, she is only too relieved to be offered the opportunity to shower Unlike other YA novels about the Holocaust, Number the Stars, for one , that remain somewhat removed from the actual details of the tragedy, Pausewang s work wallows in the repetitive, mundane trivia of the journey Most of the passengers in the railway car are neither horrible nor heroic, but are instead preoccupied with bodily functions normally kept private The two corpses occupying valuable space in the car are treated in the same matter of fact style, further emphasizing the dehumanizing effects of the journey The birth of a baby in the midst of such depression should have been cause for celebration, but the assorted travelers cannot find enough hope in their hearts to rejoice It is only the false promise of a shower and hot coffee that causes some to lift their heads in anticipation, making the final, inevitable conclusion that much poignant.Due to explicit language and uncomfortable situations, The Final Journey is probably best suited for older middle school and high school readers I would proceed with caution before using with with a fifth or sixth grade class.

  4. says:

    The Final Journey by Gudrun Pausewang takes place in a train that is on its way to concentration camp during World War 2 Alice, a 11 year old, naive Jewish girl, just wants to get off this train to meet her family However, the reader knows that Alice and her grandfather are being sent away to become part of the concentration camp The author used dramatic irony as a very good tool there The readers knew exactly what was going on, while Alice didn t This made readers like me feel pity and sympathy for Alice who obviously waited death The general plot of the story is very depressing for it doesn t end with a happy ending It shows how sad the lives of the Jews were during the Holocaust and how much they suffered The beginning of the plot is a bit slow and sticks mainly to describing the situation in the train However, the story progresses as readers meet new characters on the train and events like, begging for water, death, and birth to a baby happens After these events, the story does progress a bit but it still takes on quite a simple pace It doesn t have any dramatic climaxes, other than the death that awaits the Jews Although the general plot was not very dramatic, the book kept me turning pages because of its uniqueness There are so many books out there that have been based on World War 2 and the Holocaust, but this one was so different from them all It took on the perspective of people who suffered on the way to concentration camp, knowing that death awaited them In addition, the life of Jews which had no hope and joy taught me to be thankful with everything that I live with and the horrors of WW2 One aspect that I didn t enjoy of the book was the amount of tragedy The tragedy of the book was a very important element in keeping the book entertaining, but as someone who likes to enjoy the bright side and always has hope, the depression in the book was a bit unpleasing to me The Final Journey is a book that ends with death and shows readers the tragedy of the Jews, but taught me that my life I have right now is truly blessed and I m so lucky to be where I am right now In conclusion, I really enjoyed reading this unique take on the tragedies of the Jews and I learned a lot about being thankfulness.

  5. says:

    The Final JourneyBy Gudrun PausewangThe final Journey s genre is juvenile fiction based on historical events The novel was took place during World War II 1939 1945 in Auschwitz Easter Europe Gudrun Pausewang born in March 3 1928 at Germany, and she is a German writer for children and teens Gudrun Pausewang wrote 86 novels, and The Final Journey is one of them She wrote this novel because she was there during that time period, and she believe lots of Jewish children desert better than what just happen to them.The brutal message of The Final Journey by Pausewang is it was merciless to be Jewish During this time period, because it was during World War II, and the Jewish Holocaust There were brutal forms of opposition where six million Jews died in what has become known as the Holocaust people with disabilities and dissidents of all kinds The Final Journey is about eleven years old girl name Alice, during World War II Alice is a young Jewish girl doesn t know anything outside her house forced to get in a train with her grandfather to unknown destination Alone the way, she forced to come to grips with death, and she learns new things that she too young to know However she wants to works hard to fit in with the group This book would be a preface read for young girls, for them to know how some girls have to go to during the holocaust.This book very heart wrenching book, and in some how when I m reading it kind of connect to my life litter bit How she has to travel to another place and don t know any body on the way beside her family it remind me of when I come to United States.

  6. says:

    There are a lot of books on the Holocaust but not many of them talk in detail about the actual journeys to the camps, the trains This book, which is about as low key as it can be given the topic, is about a twelve year old girl, Alice, being deported to Auschwitz, and almost the entire story takes place in the cattle car, packed in with dozens of other miserable Jews The grimness and inhumanity of the surroundings is quite evident The wretched people quickly fill their waste bucket and finally just eliminate in a corner, and eventually the whole car floods A nice young man is shot to death when he tries to escape Although it s not explicitly stated, Alice is sent to certain death in the last chapter of the book However, important is the protagonist s journey of self discovery.As the train rolls onward to its destination, so does Alice learn and things about her life that she never knew Extremely naive in the beginning she was kept shut away by her loving grandfather and was completely unaware of the persecutions and the danger surrounding her Alice quickly wises up and realizes the almost entire truth of the situation She begins to menstruate during the last pages, a symbol of her new emotional maturity.Children would appreciate this book and I don t think it s too graphic for them, but adults will also appreciate it for the many layers of meaning in the story.

  7. says:

    There are so many books on the Holocaust and written in so many different ways This book takes that very short time span it took to transport a group of Jews from their home by train to Auschwitz.It moves a little slow but it adds to the discomfort you are feeling as you relive those long grueling hours they spent packed in train cars meant for transporting cattle You feel their hunger, their pain, their discomfort, their confusion and fear and wonder about what lies ahead for them once they arrive at their destination When the trip finally comes to an end and they think their basic needs will be met with a shower and hot coffee they are separated able bodied workers to the right, women and children to the left We all know the ending from here I just wish I could have that moment back and let it all be a bad dream and watch Alice grow up and marry Paul, and be reunited with her family The reality is too much grief for one person to bear.

  8. says:

    This is one of the very few books, non fiction or otherwise, on this subject that I d recommend to younger people Even though the majority of this book details the train ride Alice takes to Auschwitz there is still much tragedy involved as is to be expected But it s written in a way that can be handled by young people I think Maybe because instead of putting it out there very plainly it all goes through Alice That may be why I feel this way I m really surprised at this book to be honest I read it to be very honest because it s missing it s dust jacket and I wanted it off my bookshelf My OCD thank you very much I was surprised at how well it flowed As astonishing as Alice s experiences are it can be handled by someone younger This is also slim enough that someone younger may not be overwhelmed which is always a good thing.

  9. says:

    I read the book The Final Journey by Gudrun Pausewang This book was about a young Jewish girl named Alice Alice had to stay locked in her grandparents basement after the death of her parents One day in the middle of the night two Nazi officers came to Alice s grandparents house and told them to pack Alice was unaware of what was going on because nobody told her anything about the war or what was going on Alice and her grandmother were put on a pitch black breathless train She goes through many events that lead her to eventually find out what is going on When everyone gets off the train they are put into a concentration camp Everyone gets put into a gas chamber and dies I would recommend this book to people who are looking for a background of where the prisoners come from and what they have to go through.

  10. says:

    such a sad book

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