For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi ...
For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuhrer of Buchenwald. Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother's life. Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, "Those Who Save Us" is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.
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This book was riveting. I couldn't put it down.
It was a true story through the eyes of Anna who lived it. Great read. I recommend to everyone who enjoys reading books of historical events.
The Jews, Nazis, Holocaust....all very real tragedies.
Nov 24, 2011
Great first novel!
This was an excellent book telling a story about a part of history that I never knew or thought about. The author did a wonderful job of making the characters real. It was dense reading but gripping and I didn't want to put it down. On the negative side, it was quite graphic in a couple of places and difficult to get through those areas.
Sep 22, 2011
World War II back story
This novel is based on a true story, and is difficult to read because it's just a raw story, but I couldn't put it down either! A Jewish mother in Nazi Germany does what she needs to do to make sure she and her daughter survive. The adult daughter tries to figure out what happened because the mother won't open up.
Sep 3, 2011
A WONDERFUL STORY. I HAVE SHARED IT WITH OTHERS WHO ALSO ENJOYED IT. THANK YOU.
May 17, 2011
As a historian, I don't usually read historical fiction. I just find that it's true what they say, that truth is stranger than fiction, and in my opinion usually more interesting too. But this book changed my mind. This is the sort of book you want to read cover to cover, without ever putting it down. The author is able to tell the stories of two women, decades apart without being confusing, and without making you forget about one while reading the other. The result is an amazing work that will leave you thoughtful and full of emotions. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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