Reviews & Ramblings

Review Post: My Survival: A Girl on Schindler’s List by Rena Finder

One person with courage to stand up for the innocent can make a big difference.” P3

A Girl on Schindler’s List, is written plainly which not only makes it incredibly easy to read, but it makes it easy to understand the depth of what is happening. In some instances, it makes the horrors of what Rena suffered, so much clearer. But it also gives the reader time to process and to see what it was like for so many people.

The pacing is perfect, it doesn’t rush or lag. It allows the reader to proceed at their own pace, to lose themselves in Rena’s story. What really makes this memoir stand out, other than its amazing adaptation to a middle grade work. Is the way that Finder has explained what is happening, why it’s happening, what things are called and how politics plays a part in what happened. Even though we are reading a memoir, it reads as fiction, which makes it easy to read, but when Finder tells us something factual, the stark reminder that this is truth hits you like a tonn of bricks.

From the first page, the overall feel of this book is heavy and heart breaking. As we keep up with Rena and her horrors, she keeps us updated as to how old he is. To watch people you love, being taken away to be murdered is horrific, let alone when you are a thirteen year old child. The sadness that pours from these pages is unpalpable. This is such an honest and raw memoir.

My only gripe is that this book isn’t longer. I got swept up in Rena’s memoirs and before I knew it, the 111 page book was finished and I was wanting more. I understand why it is short and not highly detailed, but if Rena ever wanted to do a more in depth memoir, I would be lining up for a copy!

Fantastically well written, the simple language used makes it so easy to understand and process, and Rena is such an amazing woman who was one of the lucky few to make it onto Schindler’s List.
This is an amazing read, impactful, simplistic and powerful.

Thank you so much to the team at Scholastic Australia for providing me with a review copy of this title.