HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR RUTH KLÜGER
“Vienna Reeks of Anti-Semitism”

German studies professor Ruth Klüger discusses her autobiography, “To Continue to Live” and stations in life that took her from Vienna to Theresienstadt to Auschwitz and California.

Ruth Klüger was born in 1931 to a Jewish family in Vienna. In 1992 she published the story of her ordeal in numerous Nazi concentration camps in her highly praised memoirs “To Continue To Live.”
Großbildansicht
Monika Zucht / DER SPIEGEL

Ruth Klüger was born in 1931 to a Jewish family in Vienna. In 1992 she published the story of her ordeal in numerous Nazi concentration camps in her highly praised memoirs “To Continue To Live.”

SPIEGEL: Ms. Klüger, at the moment you have a research post at the University of California in Irvine, and before that you were a guest lecturer at the University of Göttingen. Do you sometimes go back to your home town Vienna?

Klüger: Yes.

SPIEGEL: But the emotions you experience in Vienna must be very different to how you feel in Göttingen?

Klüger: Yes, what is strange is … how should I put it? Our personalities are such that we instinctively rely on our own experiences rather than using our brains. For me Göttingen is not a Nazi town, even though I know that Braunschweig is very nearby…

MORE.