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Good-bye Marianne: A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A heartbreaking story of loss and love.

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 neighbourhood shops. Then her father, a mild-mannered 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
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Tundra Books (first published April 4th 1998)
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Kate Horan
Aug 24, 2013 Kate Horan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of this sensitive graphic novel about 1938 Berlin, eleven-year old Marianne Kohn has no idea how much danger she is in. First she is expelled from school for being Jewish and now she and her mother must find a new place to live. Through a twist of fate -- her mother calls it a miracle -- Marianne has an opportunity to escape as part of the Kindertransport, but how can she leave her beloved mother? It can be difficult to find a book about this dark period of history that conveys ...more
This story follows Marianne, a 12-year-old jewish girl living in Berlin shortly after Kristallnacht. Things are changing quickly, and people she used to trust are no-longer interested in knowing any Jews. Marianne's mother struggles to keep her daughter safe and manage while Marianne's father is in hiding. Eventually, there is an opportunity for escape and Marianne must make a tough choice: leave her family behind, or stay in Berlin where her mother can no-longer keep her safe.

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Canadian Children's Book Centre
This unusual and compelling graphic novel, an adaptation of Irene Watts’ earlier novel of the same name, opens in Berlin during the autumn of 1938. Marianne Kohn is Jewish and is beginning to feel the tension as the Nazi regime closes in on her. Expelled from school because she is a Jewish student, she remains stuck indoors while her mother works at a local orphanage and her father is “missing.” While her mother tells her to use her time to study, she cannot help but worry about the things she w ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, march
"Good-bye Marianne" is a very emotional and motivational book that was written base on a factual event of the "kindertransporte'' happened back in the 1938s. Marianne, a Jewish girl, grew up in a Nazis powered country, Germany. She and her family have experienced massive amount of stereotypes and have heard lots of hurtful comments about their race and culture. She was not allowed to go to school, the parks and she even had to disguise herself before walking on the streets alone. Her mother,mutt ...more
Lisa Gricius
May 01, 2012 Lisa Gricius rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Good-bye Marianne is an auto-biographical account of author Irene N. Watts experiences growing up in Nazi Europe when Jewish children were forced to leave school and could no longer attend with Aryans. Marianne's mother, concerned for the safety of her child as Hitler's devestation of Jews seems imminent, arranges for Marianne to become part of the Kindertransport in which thousands of Jewish children were taken by boat to safety in England. This graphic novel format of Irene Watts' original nov ...more
Lady Knight
A very touching story of a young Jewish girl growing up in Nazi Germany. After being expelled from school, Marianne struggles to deal with being hated by Aryans who used to be her friends, missing her father (no one knows where he is, or if he's even alive) and trying to hide her Jewish heritage. But through it all her mother stands as a sort of shelter from the storm, and even though she doesn't want to, when her mother finds her a spot on a ship taking children to England, Marianne goes becaus ...more
♥ Sandi
Aug 10, 2016 ♥ Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-library
The first of a 3 book trilogy. Altho seated in fact, this is a fictional trilogy, per the author.

Good-bye Marianne tells the story of a Jewish family at the beginning of the atrosities in Hitler's Germany. It is 1938 - before the war - as Jews were being beaten, imprisoned and losing all of their rights and securities as Hitler begins his persecution.

Mariannes father is on the run, Marianne has been banned from her school, and her mother fears for their lives.

Book 2 is Remember Me
Book 3 is Fi
Sep 03, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-youth
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Sep 14, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it
What a sad and beautiful book. This is a wonderful way for a child (my 8 year old) to read about what it would have been like to grow up as a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. It is a very small story of one little girl and because it is small, it is powerful. My daughter could relate to Marianne and really get a sense of what happened to real people on a very personal level. There have been lots of discussions stemming from this book.
Sep 09, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ages 8 and up
Shelves: borrowed-books
I picked this one up at the library to encourage my little readers. My oldest loves graphic novels and is also interested in Jewish people living in Nazi Germany. I thought the story was really good, although it seems to have a few gaps, as graphic novels are inclined to do. It seemed to not have a point, but I suppose it really shouldn't since those times didn't. The ending left me wanting to know more.
Emilia P
May 21, 2012 Emilia P rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Somebody got into the Children's Comic Book section! This was a true three. It's lovely, it's well done, the text and the images are well-paired, and it's spooky in a real effortless way, but it doesn't pack an emotional punch. Which, it probably should, when you're sending your young child away from Nazi Germany, probably never to see her again. Also, So Long Marianne was in my head the whole time, and I think that was unintentional.
Another compelling yet heart-breaking story about the Holocaust. This one is about 11 year old Marianne who is forced to leave home due to the Nazi attempt to kill all the Jews. Marianne is forced to look at friendships and relationships in a new light during these rapidly changing, trying circumstances. Well written and well-illustrated - but the abrupt ending left me hanging and feeling like something important had been left out.
Miss Amanda
gr 4-6 104pgs

1938 Berlin, Germany. 11 year old Marianne Kohn finds her world becoming smaller and emptier as the Nazis restrict where she can go and people, like her father, disappear. Her mother constantly reminds her not to draw attention to herself. Marianne misses her father and misses being able to play outside without fear. When space opens up on the kindertransporte, Marianne must decide should she go?

A prequel to "Remeber Me" and it's companion "Finding Sophie"
Kate Forsyth
A novel for children inspired by the author’s own childhood, this is a beautiful and very moving account of life for a young Jewish girl in Berlin in the early days of World War II. Marianne, like the author, escapes on the Kindertransport to Great Britain, leaving her family behind, so the book does not contain any great atrocity, making it a perfect read for a thoughtful and sensitive child.
Yannick Serres
Feb 26, 2015 Yannick Serres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice faction story about a young girl being caught in the nazi propaganda. She will be one of the lucky in this conflict, but not as lucky as she would like. It is a nice short story, well told, well written.
Shawn Bird
Jan 22, 2012 Shawn Bird rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Age 9-12
Not much plot development, but a good brief introduction to the idea of kindertransport, which rescued thousands of Jewish children during the holocaust.
Jun 13, 2013 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Graphic Novel. Beautiful illustrations of a compelling and heartbreaking story based on actual events. The graphic novel makes this story accessible to a broader range of readers.
Oct 11, 2010 Nicole rated it liked it
The plot is far from new, but the emotional impact is enhanced by the illustrated format. This might be a good introduction to the subject for children.
Jan 23, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
A quick read about a girl living in Nazi Germany (1938). I found it lacking something, but overall a good introduction for a young reader learning about the beginnings of the Holocaust.
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