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ISBN13: 9780156031660
ISBN10: 0156031663
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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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"The book's power...[lies] in examining the emotional and moral gray area between heroism and collaboration....Those Who Save Us bursts with provocative questions about the ambiguous possibilities of culpability." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Jenna Blum's accomplished first novel, Those Who Save Us, is both vast and intimate in its reach....Utterly believable....An absorbing tale of two women's struggles with the burdens and responsibilities of remembrance." The Boston Globe

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"The themes of love, sacrifice and family secrets are at the core of Blum's powerful first novel...[a] fast-paced page-turner." Jewish Book World

Synopsis:

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. 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.

About the Author

Jenna Blum is of German and Jewish descent. She worked for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation for four years, interviewing Holocaust survivors. She currently teaches at Boston University and runs fiction workshops for Grub Street Writers.

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ajthor33, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by ajthor33)
Thought - provoking,heart - wrenching and real. The author speaks volumes in the subtleties and small spaces in the book -- amazing. I couldn't put it down and would recommend it to anyone -- fantastic.
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W S Krauss, May 13, 2010 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
This is the story of Anna and her daughter Trudy. Anna is trying to forget her past life in Germany during WWII. Trudy is trying to remember and understand what happened when she was a little girl. The book alternates between Anna's experience as a young adult in Weimar, Germany, and Trudy's present life as a history professor as she embarks on a research project in which she interviews Germans about their experiences during the war. As she uncovers the truth about her and Anna's past, Trudy stuggles to understand how rememberance can profoundly affect people's lives. This is an excellent book and a very moving story.
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jamfiddler, October 13, 2009 (view all comments by jamfiddler)
What a book! Couldn't put it down. Knew there was never going to be peace for Anna. She was a strong woman; but the horrors she witnessed and knew were happening, was much too much for anyone; but she saved her child and resisted the devil in her own way.
To find out about your origins, so late in the game, is sad, as well..
Being so blindly naive about who her father really was; Trudy ends up a hero in the end though, a very strong & knowing woman.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156031660
Author:
Blum, Jenna
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.31 in

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Product details 496 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156031660 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The book's power...[lies] in examining the emotional and moral gray area between heroism and collaboration....Those Who Save Us bursts with provocative questions about the ambiguous possibilities of culpability."
"Review" by , "Jenna Blum's accomplished first novel, Those Who Save Us, is both vast and intimate in its reach....Utterly believable....An absorbing tale of two women's struggles with the burdens and responsibilities of remembrance."
"Review" by , "The themes of love, sacrifice and family secrets are at the core of Blum's powerful first novel...[a] fast-paced page-turner."
"Synopsis" by , 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. 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.
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