Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Escape from Berlin” as Want to Read:
Escape from Berlin
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Escape from Berlin

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Good-bye Marianne - As autumn turns toward winter in 1938 Berlin, life for Marianne Kohn, a young Jewish girl, begins to crumble. First there was the burning of the neighborhood shops. Then her father, a bookseller, must leave the family and go into hiding. No longer allowed to go to school or even sit in a café, Marianne's only comfort is her beloved mother.

Remember Me -
...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Tundra Books (first published January 1st 2013)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Escape from Berlin, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Escape from Berlin

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kelly
Oct 22, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
“For those who do not look away”

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)

In the nine months before the outbreak of World War II, and thanks to the efforts of Jewish and Quaker delegates from Germany and Austria, some 10,000 children were ferried to safety in Great Britain. Most of the children rescued through Kindertransport were Jewish, living in Nazi Germany and neighboring Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, and thus in
...more
Alex Baugh
Feb 21, 2014 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Escape from Berlin is an omnibus of three of novels, each of which had been previously published by Irene N. Watts, and have now been reprinted for the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport on December 1, 2013.

The Kindertransport was a short-lived program that rescued 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany and other occupied countries in the 9 months before the outbreak of WWII. Arranged by British Jews and Quakers, the Kindertransport began on December 1, 1938, spurred on by the devastatio
...more
Sandra Stiles
Dec 25, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Source: (Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)


My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. In the past we have taught about the Kindertransport in my class. However, I liked this much more than the book the county had picked for us. It gave us a realistic look into how children were actually treated. Those of us who have studied and taught about the life of a Jew during the times of the Nazis know that they had a lot of persec
...more
Phoebe
Apr 13, 2014 Phoebe rated it liked it
This is an omnibus edition of Watts' three titles, Goodbye Marianne, Remember Me, and Finding Sophie, all of which have won multiple awards. Watts herself gives a tiny crumb of personal information in her foreword, letting us know that she herself was a Kindertransport child. I wish she had included more background about the phenomenon of Kindertransport, but readers will have to look elsewhere for this. Marianne gets a lucky place on the train, after experiencing prejudice and grave fear in ...more
April
Oct 14, 2013 April rated it liked it
This was definitely a middle grade book, although in NetGalley it was listed as YA. I had a problem with that at the beginning, but the further I got into the stories of the children involved in Kindertransport, the less I cared what level of reading it was - I just wanted to know the outcome!!

As someone who loves WWII era stories, to be able to read three short novels about Kindertransport - which I had never heard of until I requested this galley - that was utterly fascinating. In case you don
...more
Shazzer
Oct 30, 2013 Shazzer rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I've only just discovered Irene N. Watts in the past few years, but I've quickly become a fan. This book is a collection of three stories involving children from the first wave of the Kindertransport. The first two focus on Marianne, while the third revolves around Sophie (though Marianne plays a supporting role). The first book, Good-bye Marianne, is an almost perfect slice of fiction, creating a sympathetic character stuck in horrible circumstances and letting the reader navigate the choices M ...more
Paula
Sep 20, 2013 Paula rated it did not like it
Received a free copy from NetGalley.

I really wanted to like this book. The book summary caught my interest: historical fiction, kindertransport, WW II, holocaust, and families. I just couldn't get into the book. So many times, I put it down saying I wasn't going to finish it. I would then think maybe I'm not giving the book enough credit and maybe if I read just a little more it will start getting good. Never happened for me. The book was flat and just plain bleh. The book was wordy and choppy.
...more
Omi
Aug 21, 2014 Omi rated it it was amazing
Definitely not what I expected! I though it would be dry, long, and hard to get through, but I couldn't have been more wrong. I was captivated from the first few pages and loved the length, depth and the interlocking way this was put together. Do not be discouraged by the topic, era, or length! It is not gruesome, though some parts are sad. It will speed by and be over sooner than you might expect.
Gwen
Aug 08, 2014 Gwen rated it it was amazing
My eyes were wet at least 4 times while I read through the book. This book is a wonderful and terrible and wonderful read. The lives of so many were changed because of the Kindertransport, and the events leading up to the Second World War. This book showed the lives of two German - Jewish girls who had to survive during this time. I have a lot of feelings pertaining to this book, but all I want to say is to read it.
Sikandar Wahidy
Sep 28, 2015 Sikandar Wahidy rated it it was amazing
This book is so good so far. 5 stars. This book really tells the story of how many Jewish families were torn apart due to Nazis and their propaganda. Even Maryanne, a 5th. grader who is kicked out of school, can not safley work on the street, her dad is in hiding, and soon she will have to leave her parents on the kindersport.
Jude
Jul 31, 2016 Jude rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but once Marianne was reunited with her mother, the book felt rushed. Sophie's character didn't seem as developed as a result.
Megan
Jul 14, 2016 Megan rated it liked it
Good story, I've never heard of the kinder transport before. Transitions weren't very smooth in the story at times though.
Mya Veenendaal
Mya Veenendaal rated it really liked it
Dec 08, 2014
Sydney Writer
Sydney Writer rated it it was amazing
Feb 06, 2016
Anne
Anne rated it really liked it
Aug 06, 2014
Bea Chen
Bea Chen rated it really liked it
Aug 18, 2014
Linda Lewis
Linda Lewis rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2014
Amreen
Amreen rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2014
Emily
Emily rated it it was amazing
Mar 08, 2015
Feliks Dembowski
Feliks Dembowski rated it liked it
Jan 06, 2016
Chase
Chase rated it really liked it
Aug 05, 2016
Helen
Helen rated it really liked it
Jun 26, 2015
Amy
Amy rated it it was ok
Feb 12, 2014
Monica
Monica rated it really liked it
Sep 24, 2013
Maddie
Maddie rated it liked it
Apr 12, 2015
Yolanda
Yolanda rated it really liked it
Sep 08, 2014
Dora Magallanes
Dora Magallanes rated it liked it
Mar 11, 2014
Gennifer Miller
Gennifer Miller rated it really liked it
Jan 02, 2014
Adia Gawhari
Adia Gawhari rated it liked it
Apr 28, 2015
Steph
Steph rated it liked it
May 23, 2016
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book