But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens

But You Did Not Come Back

“You might come back, because you’re young, but I will not come back.”—Marceline Loridan’s father to her, 1944A runaway bestseller in France, But You Did Not Come Back has already been the subject of a French media storm and hailed as an important new addition to the library of books dealing with the Holocaust. It is the profoundly moving and poetic memoir by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, who at the age of fifteen was arrested in occupied Fr...

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TitleBut You Did Not Come Back
Release DateJan 5th, 2016
PublisherAtlantic Monthly Press
GenreNonfiction, World War II, Holocaust, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Biography, Cultural, France, War

Reviews But You Did Not Come Back

  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
    Update: On Sept. 18th, 2018....Marceline died. Incredible woman!!!! This book she wrote really touches on many levels. I highly recommend it. The year was 1944...Marceline's Loridan-Ivens, 15 years old, was separated from her fatherat the internment camp of Drancy, France. ( they had been arrested from the French Vichy government) Marceline's father says:"You might come back because you are young, but I will not come back". Marceline's father, di...
  • Jen
    A gut wrenching read that is so raw it hurts.This is about a young Jewish girl and the loss of her beloved father at Auschwitz. It is a memoir chronicling the years being held in the prison camp and the hope and anguish that comes with searching for a missing father. The survival itself is a burden. The questions she continually asked, where are you? Where were you when ...? The torture knowing you were not far away, but cannot see you; talk to y...
  • Angela M
    I've read many novels about the Holocaust and several memoirs and non-fiction books and the most important message that I take from any of them is how vital it is that we don't forget so that this never happens again. A stunning fact is that given the number of years that have passed, there will soon be no living survivors so it was with utmost consideration that I read this memoir and highly recommend it everyone. As of the time of writing of th...
  • Violet wells
    The memory of someone who survived a Nazi death camp. If I try to imagine what it must be like to carry such a memory through life my imagination fails me. We’re talking about someone who witnessed, suffered, even participated in unspeakable horrors every single day for months, sometimes years. A person who has experienced such a relentless barrage of horrors that some of them only return to memory in later life. As if there’s always another ...
  • Diane S ☔
    What can I say after reading this? Words seem so trite after what Marceline and many, many, too many others went through. She is only fifteen when their chateau in France is overtaken by the Nazis. While most of her family escapes, she and her beloved father are captured. Taken first to Drancy, they are separated and he is taken to Auschwitz, she to the neighboring camp Birkenau. He manages to send her once last note.How do you live after going t...
  • Carol
    1944 Auschwitz - BurkenauA survivor - Marceline Loridan-IvensArrested in occupied France at age 15 with her father.....a now 89 year old Marceline writes a heartfelt tribute and memoir to her beloved father....who did not come home.Written as in answer to his letter, Marceline recalls a time of horror and loss inside the electrified fence of her existence. Haunted memories and nightmares rest among her father's smuggled letter and their few preci...
  • Iris P
    But You Did Not Come Back: A Memoir Marceline Loridans-Ivens - The Author "Surviving makes other people’s tears unbearable. You might drown in them.” ― Marceline Loridan-Ivens, But You Did Not Come Back: A Memoir****************************************************“I received an ARC of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!”“I was quite a cheerful person, you know, in spite of what hap...
  • Dianne
    I feel strange rating this; it somehow doesn't feel right to assign stars to a first-hand account of someone's pain and trauma. This slim volume is an unflinchingly honest and anguished love letter to the author's father who died in the Holocaust. It's also her truth on not only what it was like to endure the holocaust herself, but to survive it. You can never, ever be the same, and Loridan-Ivens doesn't sugarcoat it.I love stories that make me t...
  • Dem
    3.5 Stars " You might come back because you're young, but I will not come back" Marceline Loridan's father to her in 1944.This is a moving Novella written in the style of a letter from a daugher to her father. Marceline and her father were both taken to concentration camps and separated and she survived to tell her story.This short book is very well written and I love how it centers around a letter Marceline receives while in the camp from her...
  • Lisa Vegan
    Thanks to my Goodreads friend Chrissie for convincing me to read this book. Because it was short and I didn’t want it to languish on my to-read shelf, I borrowed it from the library. It never even got put on my currently reading shelf because even though I’m in the middle of a can’t put it down novel I decided to start it, a bit after midnight and ended up staying up half of the night reading it, until I had to sleep, so I finished up later...
  • Esil
    I read "Et tu n'est pas revenu" in French, as I have the good fortune to be able to read in the language it was written. I gather the English language translation will be published as But You Did Not Come Back in January 2016. In this short narrative, Marceline Loridan-Ivens writes a letter to her father. Loridan-Ivens is Jewish and a camp survivor. Her father had moved his family from Poland to Paris before WWII, where he expected them to be saf...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    5Haunting, haunted. A brief, moving love letter from the author to her father, who died in Auschwitz while she survived in Birkenau, which she thought was far, far away – but was nearby, only 3km between them. She wrote this brief memoir when she was 87, after a full, busy, productive life but still suffering from the loss and the pain of separation.“I loved you so much that I was happy to be deported with you. And I can say it again now. For...
  • Rachel
    This is a slim, hard-hitting book that doesn't dwell on the horrors that Loridan-Ivens experienced in Birkenau so much as examine their aftermath. Returning to a family who was spared from the concentration camps while losing the only other family member who was sent to Auschwitz with her, she writes this memoir as an extended letter to her father, whose death overshadows her own survival. Sparse and poignant, But You Did Not Come Back is certain...
  • Susan
    This is a moving, novella length book, written almost as an open letter from the author to her father. Marcelline Loridan-Ivans was deported from France with her beloved father – he to Auschwitz and she to Birkenau. They were so close and yet divided. They only saw each other twice; the first time Marcelline ran to her father. The second time she didn’t dare…Still, somehow during this time, her father managed to arrange to smuggle a short n...
  • ☮Karen
    One of the best memoirs I've ever read, if not the best. Marceline and her father had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, picked up together in occupied France by the Nazis and sent off to different camps. She tells of occasionally seeing her father, and of receiving a most cherished letter from him--the contents of which she later on would not be able to recall, something that haunted and troubled her throughout life. Y...
  • Laysee
    "If you only knew, all of you, how the camp remains permanently within us. It remains in all our minds, and will until we die." – Marceline Loridan-IvensBut You Did Not Come Back is a slim but poignant memoir of a Holocaust survivor. It left me choking on silent tears.Marceline Loridan-Ivens is born in 1928. At age 15, she and father were deported, along with 76,500 French Jews, to Auschwitz-Birkenau. At the point of deportation, her father tol...
  • SheAintGotNoShoes
    I really loved this book !It is not your typical Holocaust memoir only filled with horror, death, suicide and barbarism. The whole basis of this very short book is that her father managed somehow to sneak a tiny note to her while she was in Dachau and he was in Auschwitz and the whole short book is her answer to his few short lines written on a tiny scrap of paper that she could never figure out where he got it from, nor the pencil to write with....
  • Jennifer
    This is a short memoir, but it packs an emotional punch. I’m having a difficult time putting into words how raw and powerful this memoir was for me. All the stories I’ve read about holocaust survivors have only focused on the emotions and experiences leading up to and in the concentration camps. But Marceline takes this a step further and discusses what it’s like to live after the war. The fact this is written in the first person, as a lett...
  • Leila
    A beautifully written and deeply;y moving memoir. Well worth a read.
  • Crazytourists_books
    I read this little book in two days, I practically dived in it. Surviving Auschwitz, surviving the death camps...While reading this book, a letter of a girl that survived to her father that didn't, I kept thinking about my kids. What would I have done if they had taken them away from me? How can a parent even try to survive after that? How can human beings be so inhumane, so cruel. Yesterday was the International Holocaust Memorial day for 2019, ...
  • Claire Fuller
    So moving and human and inhumane and personal and intimate and far-reaching. This takes the form of long letter (very short book) from Marceline to her father. They were taken to separate (but very close) concentration camps during the second world war. She makes it home; he does not. Much like the memoirs I read for research for Our Endless Numbered Days of young women kidnapped and kept in isolation for many years, making it back to her family ...
  • Bettie
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0741kpbDescription: Marceline Loridan-Ivens searingly honest memoir is written as an intimate letter to her lost father. In 1944 and aged just fifteen she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau along with her father. While she survived the horror he never came back. Here she tells the man she would never know as an adult about the terrible events that continue to haunt her, and she also reveals the profound sense of l...
  • Petra
    This is a story with an interesting perspective. One thing I always take away from Holocaust memoirs is that something like this should never happen again. It's an atrocity that it happened once; lets never let it happen twice. Marceline's story is poignant and touching. It's told from a different perspective, I found. We hear of families that are sent to the camps but what happens when, during the arrests, only part of the family goes to the cam...
  • Tylah Marie
    *2.5 stars*This story is so completely raw and honest that it breaks your heart that people had to go through this. I didn’t really enjoy reading this though.. I felt like it was too fast paced and I really didn’t like the writing style. I do commend Marceline on writing this memoir as it could not have been easy having to relive the memories of what she went through not only in her head every day but now the whole world is able to read what ...
  • Chrissie
    A stupendous book. Even if you have already read a zillion holocaust books. What this book has and that many other books lack is the focus of living your life after having survived the camps. One is forever changed. How do you choose to live your life after that?The author is 86 when she writes this book. She was born in France (Épinal in the Vosges) in 1928 to Jewish Polish immigrants. At the beginning of the Second World War they moved to the ...
  • Yodamom
    Marceline, was taken to a camp with her father when she was just 16. She writes of her nightmare, her community, her country, her family, but mostly the effect of losing her father and his dreams in such a way. Her painful memories that never diminished, while everyone kept telling her to just forget. Those who did not walk in her skin could never fully understand their bond and the cost of the break.This is her story a feel of what being in her ...
  • Jaksen
    Read this in just under an hour.An intensely sad memoir detailing the author's experiences in concentration/slave labor camps near the end of WWII. She was sixteen, pretended to be eighteen in order to survive, and the facts and details are grueling and often difficult to read. Written in the form of a long letter to her father - interred in a nearby camp, Auschwitz, - who told her that she would survive. He did not.The memoir moves back and fort...
  • Sarah
    This is a consuming and heartbreaking memoir from a female holocaust survivor of loss, grief and pain, written as a love letter from daughter to father (her father having correctly predicted that he would not come back from the camps, but that she would). The physical suffering of the absolute horror of Auschwitz-Birkenau is documented, but the emotional suffering - both at the concentration camp and plaguing her afterwards- jumps out at every pa...
  • Laura
    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:Marceline Loridan-Ivens searingly honest memoir is written as an intimate letter to her lost father. In 1944 and aged just fifteen she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau along with her father. While she survived the horror he never came back. Here she tells the man she would never know as an adult about the terrible events that continue to haunt her, and she also reveals the profound sense of loss that his deat...
  • Anne
    But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, translated by Sandra Smith, was published in hardback by Faber & Faber on 21 January 2016.This slim book is just 100 pages long, but every single word, on every single page hurts. It is painful to read, it is painful to know that the words are true. It is painful to close the book, once finished and remember the events that changed history, that should never be forgotten. But You Did Not Come ...