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This will most likely be just a collection of my ramblings. I ride and train horses, so there is bound to be a lot of horse stuff. But I also just like to vent and this seems the perfect place.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Those Who Save Us

Those Who Save Us
It has been almost 2 months since I have posted a Book List book... I haven't been on the computer as much because Boyfriend is around and I don't want to waste my time with him sitting on the computer for hours. ANYWAY- I just finished this novel, Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum, about 3 weeks ago (I have read 2 1/2 other books since finishing it but this one was the best of the bunch). It makes me want to read more and more about World War II. It was an interesting look into the other side of the war as most books are written from a Jewish perspective and this novel is written from the prospective of a young German girl. Read it- you will like it.

From the Back:

For fifty years, Anna Schemmer 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 her past is in an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer. Trudy , now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the heartbreaking truth of her mother's life. Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.



Blogger Jean said...

Ah, another book to add to my "What I Will Read When I Retire or Sooner" list. I'm afraid all I will have time to do is read!

My students write book reports each marking level and some of them are reading really good books too. My list will just keep getting longer.

Thanks for the recommendations.

February 3, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger s.hosch said...

I have read a bunch of books on WWII, so I have quite a few to suggest. Some could be qualified as "young adult," but I think they are great anyway. "Night," by Elie Wiezel. This is a really short, but tough read. True account of Elie living though Auschwitz. "Forgotten Fire," I don't remember who wrote this, but its about the Armenian genocide that took place around the time of WWI. I had no idea any of this occured until reading this book. I have a bunch more to suggest, I just have to think about it!!! Gad Beck is another author that gives an interesting view of Jews during WWII, hes a Gay Jew so thats something interesting. Also, I read a book and did a report on the Hitler Youth. The book I read was told through the POV of both a young German boy of the Hitler Youth and a young Jewish boy and how their paths cross. I can't remember the name of the book, but if you google Hitler Youth you will find it.

February 5, 2009 at 4:43 AM  

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