Tell Me Another Morning

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Tell Me Another Morning

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By Zdena Berger

Originally published in 1961.

Autobiographical Novel

Also available in Italian.

6 x 9, 288 pp
ISBN: 978-1-930464-10-0

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Tell Me Another Morning is an autobiographical novel that depicts the experience of Tania, a 14-year-old, living an ordinary life in Prague until she is taken with her family and their community to the Nazi concentration camps. With spare and breathtaking prose, Tell Me Another Morning offers a teenaged girl’s experience of the Holocaust that is unique and indelible in its poignancy, its warning, and its beauty. Through Tania's eyes, Zdena Berger captures the claustrophobic uncertainty of the imprisonment, the powerlessness, and the systematic degradation imposed by the Nazis. As in the work of Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, and Imre Kertesz, Berger captures the experiences of Czech Jews during World War II, while illuminating the small moments that enabled hope and survival for girls coming of age in the Nazi concentration camps.

All-School-Read at Mercy High School, San Francisco, CA. The Press also offers a thorough Study Guide and a Reader's Guide for teachers, students, book groups, and general readers. 


"I read this little book over 40 years ago, and I thought it was wonderful then. After re-reading it, I have come to the conclusion that it is a classic. I love this book from beginning to end. It is a classic, and I hope it never goes out of print ever again." Ernest J. Gaines, Author of The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying

"Words for the unimaginable. Clear-eyed, strong, terrifying, and finally, somehow, hopeful." Nicole Krauss, Author of The History Of Love: A Novel

“Deceptively simple, elegant prose wrings beauty out of the horrors of the Holocaust in one author’s autobiographical novel of her wartime experiences…. Indeed, beauty is perhaps the most remarkable and paradoxical quality of this Holocaust narrative. Berger’s own nightmarish journey from Prague through three concentration camps and, finally, to liberation, is described in Tania’s fragmentary chronological chapters, each entitled and brief. The prose is deceptively simple, eloquent in its understated lyricism, simultaneously raw and luminous. The teenaged Tania says of her relentless hunger: “I feel full of hollowness. The round light space in the middle of my body.” The book is written in present tense; Tania quietly describes every moment, in language that is unadorned and yet terribly exquisite: ‘We sit in these cages and watch the darkness. We take the air and we give it back and each time there is less…. This is what it is. We are in boxes.’ Do we still need these books, whether they are memoirs or novels, to tell us the stories we think we already know? I believe we need them more than ever.” — Elizabeth Rosner, Hadassah Magazine

"As the three friends’ journey into darkness progresses, Tania’s language grows pure and strong in the best style of Hemingway…. Tell Me Another Morning is luminous yet modest, rooted in the last century's worst reality, yet without rancor. Who could make up such miracles?"  The Los Angeles Times

"A rediscovered masterpiece of Holocaust literature, first published in 1961 and now lovingly, and vigorously, resurrected. Anne Frank died in the camps, of typhus; Zdena Berger, a Czech girl of about the same age, somehow survived. And, with Tell Me Another Morning, triumphed. Read, breathe, recover, then place on the shelf with Frank, Levi, Wiesel."  The San Diego Union-Tribune

"An immediate and moving history of women’s lives together under Nazi control…. Now, in an era where there are fewer and fewer survivors to tell their story, Zdena Berger’s autobiographical novel is an important testament to both the brutality of Nazi fascism and the tenacity of the human spirit to overcome."  ForeWord Magazine

"This haunting autobiographical novel retraces Zdena Berger’s experiences in Terezin, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen…. Berger’s heart-wrenching novel is an early eyewitness account of the Holocaust, and this welcome reissue deserves a wide audience, particularly in high school and college curricula." Publishers Weekly

Audio & Interviews

Interview with Zdena Berger on Sunday Salon, KPFA 94.1 fm on April 15, 2007