Sender writes a searing, memorable story of her years in the Lodz ghetto and in Auschwitz Agesup CopyrightReed Business Information, IncGradeUp This reflective Holocaust memoir presents a series of brief scenes from , when the author wasand Hitler invaded Poland, through the Russian liberation of the Mitelsteine labor camp inLike many other survivors of the Holocaust who have written accounts, Sender presents harrowing descriptions of life and death in the ghetto and concentration camps, and gives fervent testimonials to the love, strength, and dignity that helped make her survival possible However, this telling stands out in other, equally important respects Riva s widowed mother is arrested early on, and much of the first part of the book concerns the thenyear old s courageous efforts to preserve a family with her younger brothers Later, after a brief ordeal in Auschwitz, Riva is transported to a slave labor camp, where she becomes seriously ill Remarkably, a camp doctor is able to convince the SS commandante that Riva should be treated in a hospital outside the camp This extraordinary situation allows Riva, and readers, rare glimpses of wartime German civilian life, and of the small sparks of compassion and humanity still present in her Nazi captors Older students with previous knowledge of the subject will find Sender s narrative moving and thought provoking But because of the book s sparse, impressionistic writing style, and its highly selective content, The Cage should be purchased only as a supplement to well developed and much used Holocaust collections Ruth Horowitz, Notre Dame Academy Girls High School, Los AngelesCopyrightReed Business Information, Inc