This was a page turner. I read a lot of books about World War II. This book deals with the Nazi's killing off people, who do not meet their ideal of pThis was a page turner. I read a lot of books about World War II. This book deals with the Nazi's killing off people, who do not meet their ideal of people to help the Fatherland. There are years of testing on twins. One young woman has been programmed to marry an SS officer, who she spurns. He marry's her best friend, and has a deaf daughter. An American journalist helps hide one of the twins, and her best friend's, deaf daughter. This was a good read. ...more
I found this book in the children's section of the electronic books, in our public library. This book takes place during World War II. It deals with cI found this book in the children's section of the electronic books, in our public library. This book takes place during World War II. It deals with child abuse, by a mother, who never wanted children. She had a daughter with a club foot, and she didn't want to pay to have the foot corrected, when the daughter was a baby. She kept her daughter in their apartment, and said nobody wanted to look at her ugly foot. James the little brother went to school, and learned that all the children were being evacuated, and the daughter, Sophie, decided that both of them would leave. It takes them through the journey to the country, where all the children found places to stay.The children find a home, and learn and grow. They live with a single woman, who didn't want children, but came to love them. I enjoyed this book very much. ...more
The first half of the book dragged, but gave an interesting perspective on the French resistance, during World War II. Pearl had grown up in France, bThe first half of the book dragged, but gave an interesting perspective on the French resistance, during World War II. Pearl had grown up in France, but had British parents. She could speak French without an accent. Women were not suspected as much, and could move around inside France more than men. She wrote her own story, so it would be told with truth. I enjoyed the second half better. It was banter between Pearl and her husband Henri. Henri had a nice sense of humor. The second half also told of their time after the war. The British government wasn't recognizing Pearl as anything more than a civilian. ...more
I bought this audible book a long time ago, and went half way through it, and stopped for some reason. I really didn't remember what it was about. I sI bought this audible book a long time ago, and went half way through it, and stopped for some reason. I really didn't remember what it was about. I started listening to the book again, a few days ago, and I was drawn into it so strongly. It made me wonder why I had stopped listening to it the first time. I thought the narration was excellent.
A young boy and his sister, listen to his home made radio, at bed time. They especially like the broadcasts from France. The love the boy had for these broadcasts, resurfaced during the war, when he was out trying to find the locations of radios broadcasting war information. He recognized the location, where these beloved broadcasts were from, and he protected the radio, and the girl, living in the house. They represented a more peaceful innocent way of life to him.
The author gave a wonderful picture of the lives of his characters, and the way their lives were changed by the things hey endured during the war. The images from the war never left these characters. Some characters were able to build productive lives after the war, and some were too damaged to resume a normal life.
My oldest brother was in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He wouldn't let us watch war movies on TV. He told us war was hell, and he couldn't stand to hear the sounds from the movies. I have read a lot about World War II, and I'm sure the people, who went through it, had even more tragic memories, than my brother. ...more
There were parts I liked, and other parts were disappointing. I would have liked to have seen more development in the story about the child, who surviThere were parts I liked, and other parts were disappointing. I would have liked to have seen more development in the story about the child, who survived the war. The book ended so suddenly. ...more
I was born in 1940, and I seem to need to read about the different aspects of World War II on people. This book gave me a different glimpse of a commuI was born in 1940, and I seem to need to read about the different aspects of World War II on people. This book gave me a different glimpse of a community, that was formed, and surrounded with secrets. They were surrounded with barbed wire. They couldn't let their friends and family know where they were living. Their cameras were taken away from them when they went into the town. The wives didn't know what their husbands were working on, and they had their names changed. There was pride that the atom bomb had stopped the war, but there was also guilt at the killing of so many people.
My dad's cousin worked in Alamogordo New Mexico, in a secret government job, starting in the 1950's. We visited them, and went through one of their sand storms. The sand gets in your hair, eyes, clothing, and in your cars and houses. It's not a pleasant experience. The people in Los Alamos didn't have comfortable places to live.
I have never read a book, that told a collective story, the way this one has been told. Instead of individual stories, it is told as a collective experience. It was an interesting look at this very challenging time in our history. ...more
I loved listening to this book. There were different actors for each character. The story takes place through letters written to people, on a GuernseyI loved listening to this book. There were different actors for each character. The story takes place through letters written to people, on a Guernsey Island, to the author, Juliet, who is looking for a subject for her new book. She receives letters from the island, telling of the occupation of their island, by German troops. The Guernsey Islands were the only part of Great Britain, that were occupied by the Germans, during World War II. I enjoyed the characters in this story, and a different look at happenings during the war. A group of islanders invented their literary society, when they were caught out after curfew one night. They started to meet and to read books, and to make reports on books at their meetings. One member made a pie out of mashed potatoes with a potato peel crust. The people made the best of things during the occupation, and pulled together, which carried over, after the war. ...more
I was interested in this book, because I had a neighborhood friend, who had a Chinese parent and a Japanese parent. As a child I didn't understand whyI was interested in this book, because I had a neighborhood friend, who had a Chinese parent and a Japanese parent. As a child I didn't understand why the parents families didn't approve of the marriage. My friend committed suicide when she was a young woman. I have wondered what her family background might have had in this tragedy.
Also I had a beautiful Japanese American teacher in junior high school. That would have been from 1952-54, which wasn't very far removed from World War II. Our music teacher taught us a Japanese song to sing at our graduation. I didn't understand why at the time. We had a class reunion many years after we graduated. We invited our teachers. Each of us spoke of our memories of our school. Katie Misaka told us how hard it had been to get a teaching job, and how much it meant to teach at our school. We all loved her as a teacher. She told us of being taken to a relocation camp, and the struggles her family went through. Katie's husband was also Japanese. He was a star basketball player for the University of Utah. He went into the military, and was sent into Japan for the clean up, after the A bombs had been dropped. They thought this might be the reason they were not having children. Many years into their marriage, they finally had children.
This book takes the reader through the journey of young Japanese women, who were picture brides. They wrote and exchanged pictures, before agreeing to be the wives of these Japanese men. The men had sent pictures of themselves as young men, and had told lies about their work. It tells of the treatment the women received from their husbands. Many times they were mistreated, and used as sex objects.
Next it tells of the coming of World War II, and the mistrust of the American government and people, towards all people of Japanese descent. Many of these people had lived quiet lives, and been good neighbors. They were forced to move to relocation camps. The last chapter tells of the white neighbors wondering were their Japanese neighbors had gone. They wondered why they hadn't protested to the government, and stood up for their neighbors. The Japanese were cheated out of their belongings. After they left, people looted their homes. People moved into the homes of the Japanese, and their white neighbors found them lacking as good neighbors, and wished their old neighbors were back. ...more
I have read a lot of Holocaust books. This book looked at a man who became a member of the SS. It showed a man, who felt inadequate as a child. He gotI have read a lot of Holocaust books. This book looked at a man who became a member of the SS. It showed a man, who felt inadequate as a child. He got a job with the SS, and slowly was sucked into the organization, and was asked to do unthinkable things. He liked feeling part of the organization, and he liked the power. As a result he lost the love of his wife. I haven't read a book that looked at this aspect of the holocaust.
The book also tells the story of the uprising at Treblinka concentration camp. It tells of a group of people who escaped and lived in the Forrest. I have often heard people ask why the Jews didn't fight back. This book hits a little bit into the lives of those people who tried to fight the Nazi's.
The book ends with a cliff hanger, as Zofia and Katja are about to depart on a ship to Palestine. Someone calls her name, but one must read the next book to learn the name of that person. ...more
I listened to this book at bed time, and had to find my way back to the last places I had heard, so that I could go on listening. I was also reading aI listened to this book at bed time, and had to find my way back to the last places I had heard, so that I could go on listening. I was also reading a free historical novel on the holocaust during the same time period. The books that are memories of that awful time, are much more heart felt and satisfying than those with made up situations.
George was about 12 years old at the time he was taken into captivity by the German's. He was separated from his parents, who were killed. He was with his brother a good part of the time of the telling of the story. They were separated during one of the selections. George was only 17 when he was liberated. After the war he kept searching for his brother in hopes he had survived. He wrote to his aunt and uncle in the United States, and they brought him to live with them.
George changed his name when he came to the United States, to one that didn't sound Jewish. He kept the part of the holocaust from his children, so that he could give them a happy childhood. His children embraced their father's history when he finally brought it out in the open. They visited Poland with their father, and visited the places he was held, and they saw his childhood home. George was able to find a few living relatives as he searched his past.
George had only a few years of elementary education, but he studied hard when he came to the United States. He earned two college degrees, and had a successful career. He was drafted into the army, and learned about repairing radios.
I read several favorable reviews on this book a few months ago. I put this book on hold at our Public Library, and just got word to pick it up a couplI read several favorable reviews on this book a few months ago. I put this book on hold at our Public Library, and just got word to pick it up a couple of days ago.
There were stories of this having taken place in Norway, but there was no evidence that it really happened. It's a great story or courage on the part of both the children, and their families. The children took gold bars down the mountain on their sleds, past the German soldiers. They made snowmen over the buried gold bars, and men came to retrieve them at night, being guided by the snowmen. The Norwegian gold bars were taken to America in order to keep it out of the hands of the Germans, to prevent them from using it for the war effort.
This is a good book for older children, and can also be enjoyed by adults. ...more
It sounds as if the author is trying to imagine her mother's story, after learning she had three other children, before having a large happy family. TIt sounds as if the author is trying to imagine her mother's story, after learning she had three other children, before having a large happy family. The mother became pregnant as a young teenager, and her mother takes her to the father's family, and insists they marry. The mother-in-law is a snob, and feels the daughter-in-law trapped her son, and isn't worthy of him. She has three babies by her husband, and then her mother-in-law charges her with being an unfit mother. It was an interesting story. ...more
This was a free book. Kevin tells of his life, and how growing up without a father, who was not married to his mother, had done to his life. He was caThis was a free book. Kevin tells of his life, and how growing up without a father, who was not married to his mother, had done to his life. He was called a Yankee bastard as a child, and didn't know what it meant. His mother would never explain the things he heard.
I know a lovely Vietnamese woman, who was fathered by an American solider, and I have read a paper her daughter wrote about her mother's situation. I thought about her, when I saw the description of this book. I wanted to learn what another person had gone through in this situation.
Kevin didn't learn his father's name, until he was in his forty's. He searched for two years, before finding his father. He was able to fly to the United States, and meet his father, and his aunts. ...more
This is another fun Fannie Flagg book. I listened to this book on my computer, in between doing jobs around the house. I have enjoyed Fannie Flagg forThis is another fun Fannie Flagg book. I listened to this book on my computer, in between doing jobs around the house. I have enjoyed Fannie Flagg for many years, and used to watch her interviews on late night TV shows. Fannie has a sweet sense of humor, and tells touching stories. In this book, Snookie, at the age of 60, learns she was adopted. The book takes us through Snookie's stages of shock at her mother not telling her about the adoption, to anger, and finally acceptance and greater understanding of her mother in the end. Snookie learns about her birthmother and her family, and about her Polish heritage. Very good book. ...more
This was an interesting story. Wiesel's main character is a man,who lived through World War II in Europe. The man had been an excellent chess player,This was an interesting story. Wiesel's main character is a man,who lived through World War II in Europe. The man had been an excellent chess player, who attracted a German officer, who played chess with him every week. When the Jewish people were being sent to a ghetto, the officer protected him, and moved the boy and his father to a basement in a house, before the Jewish people were shipped off to concentration camps. After the war the boy and his father moved to Brooklyn New York, were as a young man, he was kidnapped, and tied up to a chair. The young man uses his memories and story telling talent to get him though the days he is held captive. He tells his captors some stories, but the thing that helps him pass the time the most, is telling himself stories in his head. He goes back to his days during the war, and tells the stories of that time period, as well as stories about meeting his wife, and their life together. Very good book. ...more
I just lost my last review. I enjoyed the book. The ending was rather abrupt. I thought it should have been resolved better. It took me a while to getI just lost my last review. I enjoyed the book. The ending was rather abrupt. I thought it should have been resolved better. It took me a while to get into the story. ...more
This is the LDS groups disscusion book for June 2013. I look forward to the disscusion. I really enjoyed this book. It took me back to my childhood daThis is the LDS groups disscusion book for June 2013. I look forward to the disscusion. I really enjoyed this book. It took me back to my childhood days in the 1940s. I thought it was well written,and the characters were well developed. I liked the way Marie discribed the natural setting of the story. ...more
Elie Wiesel's name is very much associated with finding and punishing those people, who did such terrible things to the Jews, in World War II. This boElie Wiesel's name is very much associated with finding and punishing those people, who did such terrible things to the Jews, in World War II. This book tells of the early years of the 1940s in Hungary. I didn't know that these people were sent to the camps so late in the war. One man escaped, and came back to tell them, that the people he was taken away with, had all been taken out of the train car, and forced to dig a big grave. Then these people were shot and went into the grave. The people of the village didn't believe him, and so they stayed, and were all taken away to the camps. Elie came to a point, where he thought he should eat what ever he could, and not give it to his father. There was still a terrible conflict inside of him. Men came to take away the dead men, and were about to take his father, but he threw his body over his father,and they left him. Later, Elie was asleep, and woke to find his father had been taken. Elie told how much he hated his captures. I wonder if he ever found peace in his life. He tells of people fighting each other over a bit of food towards the end of the war. ...more
The ten Boom family were very spiritual. The father held Bible lessens in his home, and many friends and family members would attend. When they had thThe ten Boom family were very spiritual. The father held Bible lessens in his home, and many friends and family members would attend. When they had the opportunity to help save the lives of their Jewish neighbors and fellow citizens, they took them into their home. The book is beautifully written, and Nadia May did a fine job of narrating.
I first heard of this book on the Paul Harvey Show. Paul told it in his, and this is the rest of the story, format. Then I decided to find the book, and found a copy in my parents book case. Corrie and her sister, Betsey thanked God for all things, even the terrible things that happened to them.
I picked up something I hadn't paid attended to before, Corrie and Betsey were naked, and going through a line to have a health check up at the concentration camp. Corrie remembered the scripture that said Jesus was naked when they put him on the cross. She told it to Betsey, and it helped them endure.
Stories of Corrie ten Boom have been used in several lessons in my church. They had such great faith, that the family have given a great model of spirituality to people of many religions. This is a book well worth reading many times. ...more
Well, I lost my first review. Una is the fictional story of a pampered child, who becomes a pampered wife. She has servants to clean and cook for her.Well, I lost my first review. Una is the fictional story of a pampered child, who becomes a pampered wife. She has servants to clean and cook for her. She knows how to bake pastries, and how to make jam. Her husband is a famous German film director, who gets preferred treatment during the first years of the war. He collects expensive paintings, and other objects. He is the one who has friends. They have two grandchildren living with them, since their parents can't get back across the ocean, due to the war.
Life changes drastically, and Una has to muster her strength to survive, after her husband and grandson are shot within her view. She must learn how to start a fire, cook, clean, etc. The first year they live in the family cabin, way in the back woods. Later she must learn to survive in the woods: to build shelters, find food, etc. Una becomes a different more confident person. ...more
This is the second in the four part series of books, about two Jewish girls from Austria. They were sent to live with families on an island in Sweden.This is the second in the four part series of books, about two Jewish girls from Austria. They were sent to live with families on an island in Sweden. This book takes Stephanie to a larger city to go to school. She lives with a family, and falls in love with the son, who is five years older. She receives letters from her parents, who are trying to leave Austria. The last letter tells of her mother trying to recover from pneumonia, and the rumor, that the Germans are planning to move all the Jews to Poland. Stephanie has a hard time being like the other girls. She has more to worry about, but she strives to do well in school. She has a goal of becoming a doctor like her father. The author grew up in Sweden, but did not experience the war years. She interviewed people, who were sent to Sweden as children, to gain a perspective of the things they endured. The last two books in the series have not been translated into English. ...more
The author was born of Swedish Jewish parents past this time of World War II. She said her family would not talk about the way family members died durThe author was born of Swedish Jewish parents past this time of World War II. She said her family would not talk about the way family members died during the war. She learned of those things as she grew older. She interviewed people, who were sent to Sweden as children, to protect them from the Nazi's. The book is a fictional account of two sisters, who were sent to the island in Sweden, from Austria. Children of that time usually only went to school for six years. Many of them were used as laborers, after they spent those years in school. Only 1 out of 4 still had relatives to go home to after the war was over. Most of them stayed on in Sweden, after the war. This is a four book series. I enjoyed listening to the book on my MP3 player. I learned more about Swedish culture on the island. ...more
I liked Dr. Frankl's approach to mental health, which is to give people choices to try, instead of having the patients parrot back words spoken by theI liked Dr. Frankl's approach to mental health, which is to give people choices to try, instead of having the patients parrot back words spoken by the doctor. He gave people responsibility for their own lives and happiness. He didn't believe in going back into the past, but believed people should look to the future. A good part of this book is about Logo therapy. The first part of the book tells about people in concentration camps. Even though he was in four different camps, he focused on how others reacted to the camps. ...more
I have read more WWII books on the European front. Louie is shown through his years as a willful child. He gets into all kinds of trouble growing up,I have read more WWII books on the European front. Louie is shown through his years as a willful child. He gets into all kinds of trouble growing up, but he also learned skills, that helped him live through the terrible treatments as a Japanese POW. He must learn to forgive, in order to get his life back, after he returns home.
This book took me back to memories of the Veterans Hospital, that was up the street from where I grew up. I was in two groups, who performed for the veterans: a synchronized swimming group, and a folk dancing group. We would hear the veterans have flashbacks, and start screaming. By the end of our programs, most of the veterans had been taken out. It was really sad.
One vet had someone push the cart he was on, so it rolled down the highway. It came by our house. Someone was able to stop it, before the vet was killed or hurt.
One vet was allowed to go for long walks, and he would come by our house. He would stand and sway back and forth. My mom used to go out and talk with him. ...more
I learned even more about World War II from this book. It showed how the war was felt by those living in one town in Germany. It is told from the persI learned even more about World War II from this book. It showed how the war was felt by those living in one town in Germany. It is told from the perspective of a dwarf woman. Trudi was rejected by her mother at birth, and was cared for by the neighbors. Trudi and her father ran a pay library. The mother is mentally ill, and dies when Trudi is young. Trudi hates being a dwarf, and tries to stretch herself when she is a child. Other children make fun of her. A group of boys take her to a barn, and abuse her. Trudi uses her story telling to hurt, and get even with people. She is a listener of gossip, which she uses to hurt, as she has been hurt. Trudi listens to the people, who supported Hitler. One young man turned in his own mother, for talking against Hitler, because he wanted the first floor of the house for himself and his new wife. Trudi and her father helped hide Jews during the war, and Trudi learned to hide her stories to protect people. Trudi learned that all people had things in their lives, that were hard to live with. Her stories changed. She wanted to tell the truth, and she wanted not to hurt others. Trudi told one story, about a ship with over 900 Jewish people, going to Cuba in hopes of being allowed to enter the United States. Roosevelt refused to let them enter, and made them return to Europe. About two-thirds of these people died during the war. I had not know about the anti-semitism in the United States at that time. I had to look this one up. ...more