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Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
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Apr 02, 2009

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bookshelves: 2009, historical-fiction, wwii-era, survivors
Read in March, 2009

There is no particular reason why the last several books I've read have all been about the WWII era, but somehow they have!
I have mixed feelings about this book... This is the first book I've read that deals with what ordinary German citizens went through during the war, and it made me realize that many were victims in every sense of the word as well. They did what they had to do to survive.
Having said that, I had several issues with the story. First and foremost, I don't think the writer needed to go into so much explicit detail over and over again after Anna was forced to become the Nazi officer's mistress. Way too much for me, I get the picture already!... Secondly, I had a hard time believing that while in Germany, Anna was a mother who did anything and everything with her daughter's welfare in mind, and then once she got to America became cold and distant to her. I don't think a mother's love would change that much... And well, I could go on about other issues I had with it, but won't...
However, it otherwise was an engaging, thought-provoking read--- I'm glad I read it, but not sure I would recommend it to everyone...

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