The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender

The Cage

As long as there is life, there is hope After Mama is taken away by the Nazis, Riva and her younger brothers cling to their mother's brave words to help them endure life in the Lodz ghetto. Then the family is rounded up, deported to Auschwitz, and separated. Now Riva is alone. At Auschwitz, and later in the work camps at Mittlesteine and Grafenort, Riva vows to live, and to hope - for Mama, for her brothers, for the millions of other victims o...

Details The Cage

TitleThe Cage
Release DateAug 1st, 1997
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreWorld War II, Holocaust, Nonfiction, History, Autobiography, Memoir, War

Reviews The Cage

  • Briana
    I have to say I am fascinated by the Holocaust. I have read a lot of Holocaust lit over the years and am just as moved, touched, startled, and emboldened as the very first one I read (Jacob's Rescue when I was about 9 years old). I find that as I get older what hits me the most has changed. When I was young I was always taken aback by the physical pain. I was able to sympathize with that; the hunger, cold, dirtiness, etc. but now that I am older ...
  • Speater
    Haunting. I couldn't put it down. A young girl is forced to become a woman at an entirely too young age. The horrors of everyday life for Riva and her family are unimaginable. We should never ever forget what terrible things happened so that they won't ever happen again.
  • lacy
    Mom Mondays is a bi weekly segment here on a ravenclaw library. Click here to learn more details about this segment and how you can do this with your family! note: My mom knows that the Holocaust is one of my favorite events to study and one of my first loves of history. (Thank Danielle Steel’s book, Echoes, for that.) Hence why Mom picks up Holocaust books for me whenever she can. She also does this really awesome thing (that she should totall...
  • Anitra
    This book makes me cry, no matter how many times I read it. This woman struggle through the jewish concentration camps is epic. A non fiction novel that I enjoy reading because it put life in prosective. A can't even tell you how gloriouse this book is.
  • Mamey
    I LOOOOOVED this book. The best Holocaust book I've ever read....I would give it 6 stars if I could. This book was life-changing for me, it truly was. The love between the siblings was like no other. "IF THERE IS LIFE, THERE IS HOPE" is something that has been ingrained in my head and my heart forever. I wish I could meet this author, fall to my knees and thank her for sharing her story.
  • Jessica
    All my reviews can be found at: review will appear on my site on July 18, 2019~~~~“As long as there is life, there is hope”.This is a powerful memoir of the author’s experience in WWII and the concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Riva loses her mother in a raid and begins to raise her younger brothers. They face many unbelievable hardships and you wonder how much more they must go through. Will th...
  • Adriana Landeros
    This book is about a young girl who loses her mother in a holocaust raid. She later gets separated from her younger siblings that she was responsible for ever since her mother was taken. Riva developed an infection in her hand from working in he concentration camp. She is treated by the kindness of the many officers of the concentration camp, even the commandant. Riva is freed from the concentration camp, she has a wonderful daughter that always ...
  • Brandy
    A well written book. I really enjoyed this book. Ruth Minsky Sender does a great job of telling of her family struggles and survivals.
  • Claudia Moscovici
    The Lodz Ghetto: Review of The Cage by Ruth Minsky In her Holocaust memoir, The Cage (Simon & Schuster, 1997), Ruth Minsky Sender compares the Lodz ghetto not to imprisonment of human beings, but to a cage that animals are trapped in. The metaphor is powerful and apt. A medium sized city in Poland, Lodz had a relatively large Jewish population. Out of the city’s nearly 700,000 occupants, about a quarter of million were Jews. The Germans establi...
  • Anna Molder
    I read The Cage at the request of my daughter. Technically, the book is not a difficult read. It took me about 5 hours start to finish. The book itself is a touching story of a girl who experienced the Nazi invasion of Poland, life in the ghetto, and eventually a Nazi camp. This book is geared toward teens. The information given is definitely “watered down”, but it is also very difficult to read about the realities of the Nazi treatment of th...
  • Gil STanton
    I never thought a woman jew and her family in WW2 could be so breathtaking. This book is filled with cliffhangers making it so hard to stop reading. The daughter of the story is the main character. Her name is Riva. Riva is very brave and responsible. She has to go through many obstacles to get where she ends up. Riva is in the ghetto for the first half of the book. There she struggles with disease and lost ones as the nazis came to take the sick...
  • Aubrey Cykon
    I absolutely loved this book and the moral of it. "As long as there is life, there is hope" is such a great learning experience to all and is used completely through the book. As long as you are alive, you need hope to survive and go along through paths that may be a little bumpy to your destination. This book shows that you need each other to show it and to live through "the cage" of life.
  • Miyu
    The Cage is an unforgettable story of a girl living through the horrors of World War II and the decisions that she is faced with. The beginning of this story is told through the flashbacks of Riva, the protagonist, and what it was like having to take care of her siblings and to have to work and work, just to see another day as a Jew during the holocaust. Riva who was once a positive, carefree girl is forced to take on many responsibilities at a r...
  • Oriyah Nitkin
    It's hard to objectively rate (or review) a book you've read since it was age appropriate. As an adult I'd probably give it a star less, but when I first got this book I thought it was wonderful, and read it many times. Having holocaust literature coming at me from every angle for as long as I can remember, the story felt unremarkable (I feel so horrible saying that!) though now I see that she had some fairly miraculous experiences and with 20/20...
  • Emili Marin
    This book is about a thirteen year old girl who survived from the Holocaust. The girl was named Riva, and the three children. This book was a very good book, which it brought the sadness of the concentration camps. The book was getting fast when it did happened in real life. On the September 10th, 1942, which their mother had taken out of the ghetto during a Nazi raid. This book was quickly, which there were some action, which the officers would ...
  • Vanessa
    " When there is life, there is hope" is the quote that the teenage girl received from her mother before the nazis separated her from her mother and her brother, Riva is alone sent her to concentration camp. Life has just gone bad for the poor girl, not only is she alone and scared but she is sick. Going through many hospitals looking for help but only one caring hospital who subsided the fact that she was Jewish to keep her alive, all other hospi...
  • Heather
    I remember the 8th graders at my previous school read this book, and since I have a propensity for reading Holocaust novels, I finally picked this one up. This is an autobiographical account of Riva's life as a young girl in Lodz, Poland. Riva, her mother, and her three brothers live in a ghetto there at the start of World War II. Several older siblings had moved to Russia before the war started, and her father had died years prior. Riva's story ...
  • Rebekah
    As long as there is life, there is hope I found this to be one of the most innocent memoirs of the holocaust that I have ever read. It was very clear that Sender suffered however I think she downplayed some of the eviler aspects of her imprisonment, as if she wants the world to know what truly happened but also wants to protect her readers from it at the same time. I wouldn’t give a young teen Night but I would give them this book. This book is...
  • Catherine
    I am thankful that Riva/Ruth lived her mother's motto of "If there is life there is hope." Without her survival we would not have her account of life in the ghetto and in a labor camp. Thank you Riva/Ruth for sharing your story with us. Edited to add: I just finished this book again. We are reading it for our book club this month. I love the simple way Riva (Ruth) tells her story. There are so many times I choke up while reading this. I love her ...
  • Karen
    I really like this book, because it makes me feel as if I am there. It gets intense at some parts of the stories. One of the examples is how Riva lost her mom and brother. The author expresses her feelings in a new better way than other Holocaust authors write. This is because, when other Holocaust books are mostly about hiding, this book talks more about labor camps. I think that Sender made me to realize how gruesome the Holocaust was and how l...
  • Eliza
    I rarely have never read a Holocaust book, and this is my first. I hesitated to read this book, because I would not want to have the same nightmares as the story would have. But with my homework being in my father's car, and 2 hours to spare, I begin reading the first chapter, which I must say, is absolutely enticing. Although I cannot say I absolutely love the ending, I do love the story, and the characters, and- and... Oh my, the tears are comi...
  • Elvin.e
    This book is called The Cage and this book is about a girl named Riva that she is by the nazis along with family and are sent to labor camps.Riva talks about the experience from the nazis and the things that ahpeened tp her such as when she got seperated from atleast half her family and some actually died too.The scene "Empty homes bid us their last good-bye."(p.138) is very interesting because Riva the girl in the book is leqaving her homeland a...
  • Paula Howard
    The Cage is a wonderfully written book of the Holocaust. The Cage is the story of a Polish Jewish family with a brief glimpse into their live prior to the invasion by the Nazis. It follows their life as family members and friends are killed or taken away by the Nazis never to be heard from again. It covers their life in the Polish Ghetto to the concentration camps and finally liberation. It gives the reader into a glimpse into the the life of Jew...
  • David
    This memoir is one of my favorite novels that I have read. The reason for this is firstly, because the emotions in the novel were fantastically written. Every chapter I read was immensely well written with emotion, for example, when they were eating the tangerine. "Slowly, cautiously I bite into the plump, soft object. A burst of sweet, tangy juice fills my mouth suddenly with a delightful, long-forgotten taste. Is it real? Is it possible? A tang...
  • Kristen
    Actual rating is probably closer to 2.5. Considering the subject matter, I rounded up. The story is very good. The writing is not, or at least, I'm not a fan of it. The only reason I read past chapter 2 was because it's a true story and it deserves to be told. There were so many people who never got the chance to tell their stories. But I didn't love the writing. It was awkward in places, rushed in places. Sometimes I wasn't sure what was going o...
  • Sarah
    Ever wonder what life inside concentration camps was like? In the book The Cage, by Ruth Minsky Sender, she shows readers an inside view of what life was truly like inside Hitler’s camps. The book is a true story of when the author was a young teenager and how she managed to survive the dreadful camps. However, Ruth was named Riva in her childhood and changed her name when she was finally free. The Cage starts out with main character Riva and h...
  • Katie
    The Cage is a fast paced story, and about the hardship and cruelty of being a Jewish person. Riva, the perspective and main character of the story has to get through life, after everything is taken away from her. In the beginning of the book, you figure out that her mom is taken away from the Nazis. Even though this happens earlier in the book, the rest of the book can make you more surprised, about Riva’s decisions. Her decisions change her li...
  • Jessica
    This was a truly and utterly heartbreaking read. Ruth Sender's memoir almost had me in tears a couple of times and I found that I had to put the book down a few times just to walk away from the heaviness of it all for a bit. The Cage is 100% worth your time, a super quick read packed with devastating, gut-wrenching true twists and turns that will have you devouring the chapters in record time. Not to sound like a complete narcissistic hardass but...