Too Stubborn to Die : A Child of Nordausen
This book is extremely hard to read. I've read quite a few survivor memoirs and such things and this is probably the hardest I've ever read.
And less than half the book takes place at Nordhausen.
Cato's life is difficult from the beginning, a childhood filled with neglect and abuse. Nordhausen was just another chapter, albeit far more hellish.
If chapter 18 hadn't been so close to the end, I might not have finished the book, but I'm glad I stuck it out. If you're squeamish, especially about violence against children, you should probably skip this one. First time mothers with brand new babies should also probably skip it at least until their hormones have gone back to normal. It was just really hard to get through, and I don't usually have a hard time getting through stuff like this.
It was also interesting to me how open Cato was as a child-- her friends knew what happened to her at home and her teacher knew, but no one does anything. I know it was a different time and another country, but still. Now if a child told a teacher half of what Cato told Mr. Speets, that child would be removed from the home so fast. At least I would hope so.
At one point, one of Cato's friends says that there should be a law against kids living that way-- my thought was, I'm pretty sure there are laws against that. But maybe there weren't so much in the 40s in Holland?
This book counts for the Support Your Local Library challenge and the Support Your Local Author challenge. (Technically I'm not sure she still lives in Utah, but she did at the time it was published.)