Those Who Save Us
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...more
* Mixed metaphors
"The arctic are is like shards of glass in the lungs; it shakes Trudy...more
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not defending the actions of the German's who openly participated in this senseless genocide. And there is of course that even...more
The imagery was unreal as well. Everything that was described, I could picture/envision. This book was a difficult topic, but the style of writing was easy to comprehend.
So many WWII books deal with stories and tragedies of the Jews (as they should); however, this book, told the story of the sacrifices and occurrences of what everyday...more
Anna is a young woman living in 1940s Germany who becomes involved in a relationship with a Jewish doctor -- you can guess without me having to say anything the far-reaching consequences this will have, and it sets into motion all that follows.
Fifty years later her daughter Trudy, a professor of German history at...more
Contrary to my book club I do not believe Anna fell in love with the Oberstrumfuhrer. I believe she was a victim of the trauma caused by her dependency on him for survival...more
Like Trudy, the woman who dresses as if she's in mourning for 50 years because she thinks she has a Nazi father.
Or Max, the kindest and quietest soul, except when with no warning he pounces on the 19 year old Anna for rough sex without seeking consent, impregnating her with no regard to how her tyrannical Nazi father will react.
And then Anna all but forgets about Max once she begins seeing...more
My only complaint is that the character of Trudy is...more
The author takes you back and forth between Anna’s story during the war and Trudy’...more
Good Read !
For some reason I keep stumbling on movies and books about Nazis or the World War. All of them are serious and of course distressing – Those Who Save Us tells a different viewpoint. The point of view for those in the towns who weren’t Jewish, who were Germans who had to do what they could to survive the times.
The story is told between two time periods – between modern times in Minnesota and the years of WWII in Weimar, Germany. Half of the book is told through the POV of the mother, Anna, where...more
When I read the jacket for this book I could never have guessed the outcome that awaited me at the end of this book. From the very first page I was intrigued and spellbound. I was drawn into the historic reality of that some people must have endured these exact traumatic experiences in Germany during WWII. I praise the author for her ability to bring such deta...more
I just finished reading a 2004 novel by Jenna Blum, called Those Who Saved Us. I have to admit, I have ambivalent feelings about not only this novel, but about the whole genre of Holocaust fiction. While Blum’s story is powerful, gripping, and keeps the reader turning pages to find out how the past and the present ultimately come together, I kept wondering why she felt the need to create a Holocaust narrative when so many powerful, real stories are out there still waiting to be t...more
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