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Wildflowers of Terezin is a sweeping historical novel set against a backdrop of danger. A Danish Lutheran pastor’s complacent faith is stretched to the breaking point during World War II when he meets a young Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen and becomes deeply involved in Resistance efforts to save Denmark’s Jews from the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia—also known ...more
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Published April 28th 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published December 1st 2009)
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Chris
Shame on me for almost not "buying" this book. I say "buying" because I got it as a Kindle freebie at the start of the year.

The book is being undersold and under priced. I can understand why. I, too, am somewhat leery about faith based publishers. Not because of the whole religion thing, but more because the first one I read while having a good idea, amounted to Bad People are those who don't go to church and Good People are those who go to church. Such a thing is not my thing. I, however, picke
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Staci
Apr 17, 2016 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Remarkable novel about the residents of Kobehnavn, Denmark.

One of the aspects I appreciated most is that the novel shared the perspective of many in setting up the story. About a third into the novel, the focus switches to be heavily on Hanne and Steffen. Hanne and Steffen are both very brave and through them we get a glimpse of the emotions that Danes went through during this difficult time.

A surprising inclusion in the novel was humor. There was a bit of dry humor in this novel and it came acr
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Adam Blumer
Jun 22, 2010 Adam Blumer rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Novelist Robert Elmer just found a new fan. I've always enjoyed reading history (it was my minor in college), and Holocaust history has always been an area of fascination, especially the heroic escapes. For those reasons (not to mention Robert's expert hand at plotting and characterization), I found Wildflowers of Terezin hard to put down and a must-read for anyone interested in Holocaust fiction in the same vein as Tricia Goyer.

Here we find a loyal, hardworking pastor, Steffen Petersen, getting
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A J Hawke
May 31, 2010 A J Hawke rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I was hesitant to open the newest entry from multi-published Robert Elmer. Not because of the author, who has several adult novels and a non-fiction under his belt, and has already proven his ability to write. My concern was the time and place Wildflowers of Terezin. The suffering of WWII can be too graphic. But I was intrigued by the setting, Denmark. My ignorance never ceases to amaze me and here I found another aspect of it. I found knew nothing of the Danish people durin ...more
Jo Notary
338p A Danish Lutheran pastor 19s complacent faith is stretched to the breaking point during World War II when he meets a young Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen and becomes deeply involved in Resistance efforts to save Denmark 19s Jews from the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia 14also known as Theresienstadt.
Challenged by his evangelical brother and swayed by his own attraction to Hanne, Pastor Steffen abandons his formerly quiet, uninvolved life and hesitantly volunteers to help smuggl
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Sarah
Given the nature of the historical events in this novel, it’s almost a given that the story would be gripping and dramatic. The author doesn't fail to deliver in this very engaging look at Denmark during WWII and the rescue of its Jews. The action doesn't wait to happen; the story opens on a showdown between Resistance and Germans, with poor Steffen caught in the crossfire. From that introduction, the story just keeps picking up steam with intense dashes across the sea to Sweden for Denmark’s Je ...more
Loraine
Dec 31, 2014 Loraine rated it it was amazing
SUMMARY: When nurse Hanne Abrahamsen impulsively shields Steffen Petersen from a nosy Gestapo agent, she’s convinced the Lutheran pastor is involved in the Danish Underground. Nothing could be further from the truth. But truth is hard to come by in the fall of 1943, when Copenhagen is placed under Martial Law and Denmark’s Jews—including Hanne—suddenly face deportation to the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia. Days darken and danger mounts. Steffen’s faith deepens as he takes greater r ...more
Laura
Jul 19, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Title: WILDFLOWERS OF TEREZIN
Author: Robert Elmer
Publisher: Abingdon Press
April 2010
ISBN: 978-1 -4267-0192-4
Genre: Inspirational/historical/WWII

Pastor Steffen Peterson tries to stay out of the way of the Nazi’s and the underground that is trying to work to defeat the Nazi’s purpose in Denmark. But when a routine visit to the hospital to visit a parishioner causes Steffen to be caught in cross-fire, he finds himself in the hospital, but not for the intended purpose. Worse, a German Gestapo comes
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Apr 26, 2013 Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer is a historical fiction book taking place in Denmark during World War II. The book is well researched and an enthralling read.

Steffen is a Lutheran pastor in 1943, Copenhagen. Steffen’s routine is broken one day when he had a bicycle accident that sends him to the hospital where he finds a friend in the form of a Jewish nurse named Hanne.

Steffen’s brother, Henning, is in the Danish underground fighting the Nazis and helping Jews escape the country before be
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Jennifer AlLee
Apr 24, 2016 Jennifer AlLee rated it really liked it
The Holocaust is truly one of the darkest periods in the cumulative history of humankind. I have to confess, after watching Sophie's Choice, I've intentionally stayed away from most dramatizations of those days. To me, they are painful and soul-shredding (even though my pain is nothing compared to what the victims went through). So I approached Wildflowers of Terezin with a bit of trepidation. How would I feel when I was done reading this book? In a word, I was uplifted. Author Robert Elmer pull ...more
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When nurse Hanne Abrahamsen impulsively shields Steffen Petersen from a nosy Gestapo agent, she’s convinced the Lutheran pastor is involved in the Danish Underground. Nothing could be further from the truth.


But truth is hard to come by in the fall of 1943, when Copenhagen is placed under Martial Law and Denmark’s Jews—including Hanne—suddenly face deportation to the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia. Days darken and danger mounts. Steffen’s faith deepens as he takes great
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Victoria W.
Sep 02, 2012 Victoria W. rated it really liked it
I will be honest, I only picked up this novel because it was a free book of the week which meant it fit my budget. However I was amazed at the story which unfolded.

One of the most important things I look for in a book is characters I can get involved with. To my joy, Elmer supplied two such characters within Hanne and Steffen.

Hanne's passion for her people, courage in the face of the war, and her compassion towards her patients all gave the character a depth I appreciated.

Steffen,though seemingl
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Kary
Sep 04, 2015 Kary rated it really liked it
very well written; never read about how helpful the Dane people were toward the Jewish population. What a shame more people across the Eastern block were not as selfless and did more to help and stand up to Hitler and his lunicy.
Lorraine
Feb 22, 2013 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction and I love this time period. I especially love to read the differences from different points of view, be it countries or persons. This was my first of hearing about the Danes and some of the efforts to keep track of their Danish Jews that were removed. Hanne, a Jewish Dane, is a sweet unsuspecting herione. She did not know how strong she could be until pushed. Steffan is a Luntheran pastor, who is content to stay safe and preach in his church. His brother Henning is par ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jun 29, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: Wildflowers of Terezin
Author: Robert Elmer
Pages: 355
Year: 2010
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Historical novels touch the heart as they remind us of those who lived, loved, lost and faced times filled with uncertainty. In this particular book, the author highlights the Danish resistance during WWII based on real events told through fictional characters. Through fiction, we can be inspired to resist any evil intent with faith and hope amidst suffering and trials.
The main female character is a Jew
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Eileen Mccarthy
Nov 21, 2012 Eileen Mccarthy rated it really liked it
I'm not sure why I haven't seen this book on more "bestseller" lists. I love Historical Fiction, and this book did not disappoint. I was immediately immersed into the story, and wanted the character's to succeed.
The darker side of this book is the evil crimes the Nazi's commited against the Jewish community, and the extent the went to to hide their crimes from the rest of the world.
I would love to see this book gain more popularity. I highly recommend this book.
Lillie
During World War II, Danish Pastor Steffen preached that his congregation should obey authorities. His brother was active in the Resistance and always encouraging Steffen to get involved. Then the pastor met Jewish nurse Hanne. When she asked him to hide her mother and a few other Jews, he agreed. Soon he was deeply involved in the Resistance as his faith deepened and his attachment to Hanne grew. When she was sent to the concentration camp Terezin in Czechoslovakia, Steffen risked his life to e ...more
Ellen Gray
Oct 28, 2015 Ellen Gray rated it really liked it
Wildflowers of Terezin is a great mix of historical fact and fiction. It provides the reader with a glimpse of life in occupied Denmark and what the people of Denmark tried to do to help their Jewish neighbors. It also paints a picture of the concentration camp at Terezin. It is very serious and heavy topic which the author was able to carry off well while adding a touch of humor to some of the situations. I haven't read many books about Denmark and was happy to read this account. I appreciate t ...more
Gara
Aug 31, 2014 Gara rated it it was amazing
The inner conflict of someone of faith with political events: a subject of certain interest to us today. This story, set in Denmark during WWII, describes the feelings of both a pastor and a Jewish nurse as they witness the conduct of the Nazis during the German occupation of their country. Far from being mired in religious rhetoric, the author lets us watch the transformation of the characters from on-lookers to activists as each character's faith compels them take a stand. I believed in and ca ...more
Allie
Mar 29, 2012 Allie marked it as to-read
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Jessi
First Line: "Hanne Abrahamsen awoke with a start in the middle of a bad dream, something about being in nursing school once again and a man who looked like Adolf Hitler (but with the face of a codfish) announcing at her graduation that she was a Jew, and didn't everyone already know that?"

I think my true reaction to this book can be summed up in one syllable: "Hmm." Everything about book was just okay. The characters were fine, the story was somewhat interesting, and I was invested enough to kee
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Barbara
Nov 08, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Steffen Petersen pastors a Lutheran church in 1943 Denmark. He likes safety and predictability and thinks if everyone just lays low and cooperates with the German occupiers, everything will blow over soon.

A bicycle accident lands him in the hospital under the care of Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen who mistakenly thinks he is part of the Danish resistance movement and protects him from the questions of a German officer. Steffen’s brother is a part of the Resistance and comes to take his brother ou
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Joan
Mar 08, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it

Steffen Petersen is a pastor of a Lutheran church in Denmark during WW11 in 1943. He is a conservative pastor with a comfy, if rather dull routine. But after a bicycle accident that sends him to the hospital, he befriends a Jewish nurse named Hanne Abrahasen. He has a brother (Henning)who berates him for being so safe in his life but tells him to stay with the church because that's where he belongs. Henning is a member of the resistance who helps the Jews are are trying to leave the country.

Ste
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Thomas Holbrook
Oct 22, 2012 Thomas Holbrook rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Life in Copenhagen, Denmark was bleak in the early 1940’s. Germany had invaded this peaceful country in order to have access to its deep water seaports and to make it a showcase for German efficiency and civility. The Nazis enforced their will with brutality, intimidation and bribery, not civility. There were those who cooperated (collaborators) with the occupying force, those who sought to undermine it (the resistance), those who sought only to survive and those who were forced, by circumstanc ...more
Carol
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
'Wildflowers of Terezin' by Robert Elmer was a great surprise. I say that because it was a free e-book. Now I feel a little bit guilty that I didn't have to buy it! I hope that Robert Elmer writes more adult historical fiction in the future.

Even though this book is fiction, Robert Elmer writes that the places are real and many of the situations like the Danish Underground like using an ambulance to rescue Jewish citizens were real. I picked this book out to read because I love to read about the
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Marti
May 26, 2013 Marti rated it really liked it
Set in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943. As it opens, we see nurse Hanne Abrahamsen awakening from a dream in which a man who looked like Hitler announcing at her graduation that she was a Jew. At this time, the Germans were occupying Denmark and being known as a Jew was exceedingly dangerous. In some ways, this was a "Number the Stars" for adults. It told the story of the Holocaust primarily through the developing relationship of Lutheran pastor Steffan Petersen and Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen. Ev ...more
Theresa
Jun 22, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ww-2

I really enjoyed this story!

There were a couple of twists at the end that I did not see coming... and it kept my interest all the way through. Because I knew the events were true (although with fictionalized characters in this book), I wanted to see how the author would complete the story. This book was based on historical fact, and the plot was both interesting and believable.

There were a couple of minor (grammatical or literary) mistakes and the book was, at times,maybe a little simplistic, b
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Marti
Jun 24, 2012 Marti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, this was a "Number the Stars" for adults. It told the story of the Holocaust primarily through the developing relationship of Lutheran pastor Steffan Petersen and Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen. Even though the romance is allowed to advance throughout the novel, it in no way upstages the realities of the German Occupation of Denmark and the brutal Nazi treatment of Jewish people. Prior to Steffan's meeting Hanne, he had been perfectly comfortable staying in his church delivering the ...more
Trishla
Jun 13, 2012 Trishla rated it it was amazing
Great novel! Elmer managed to blend historical facts in with the love story that was developing between the main characters. It would be good for both a book club or for a middle/high school English professor, as there are also discussion questions included in the appendix.
Victor Muthoka
Reading this book was an eye opener. Having never experienced anything remotely close to what the holocaust survivors did, this book truly helped me appreciate their experience more.

Steffens as a Danish pastor set in his job at the church. His entire life is however disrupted for good by the arrival of Hanne, the pretty yet self confident nurse, and the German invasion of Denmark. From a complacent observer position, he is challenged by the nazi atrocities to either help out the Danish Jews or a
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