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Escape from Berlin

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  80 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
  Good-bye Marianne - 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 neighborhood shops. Then her father, a 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 her beloved mother.

Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Tundra Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“For those who do not look away”

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)

In the nine months before the outbreak of World War II, and thanks to the efforts of Jewish and Quaker delegates from Germany and Austria, some 10,000 children were ferried to safety in Great Britain. Most of the children rescued through Kindertransport were Jewish, living in Nazi Germany and neighboring Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, and thus in
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Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Escape from Berlin is an omnibus of three of novels, each of which had been previously published by Irene N. Watts, and have now been reprinted for the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport on December 1, 2013.

The Kindertransport was a short-lived program that rescued 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany and other occupied countries in the 9 months before the outbreak of WWII. Arranged by British Jews and Quakers, the Kindertransport began on December 1, 1938, spurred on by the devastatio
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marianne is a small girl at only 11 years old when she gets kicked out of school because she is a Jew. Marianne becomes banned from a lot of places. Her parents wanted her to have a better life so they sent her on the famous train known as the kindertransport. The was no ordinary train. This was the first ever kindertransport. This train saved over 10 million children. This train transported kids from Berlin to England for a better life during 1938 shortly before the second world war. This excit ...more
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Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Source: (Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)

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I really enjoyed this book. In the past we have taught about the Kindertransport in my class. However, I liked this much more than the book the county had picked for us. It gave us a realistic look into how children were actually treated. Those of us who have studied and taught about the life of a Jew during the times of the Nazis know that they had a lot of persec
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This is an omnibus edition of Watts' three titles, Goodbye Marianne, Remember Me, and Finding Sophie, all of which have won multiple awards. Watts herself gives a tiny crumb of personal information in her foreword, letting us know that she herself was a Kindertransport child. I wish she had included more background about the phenomenon of Kindertransport, but readers will have to look elsewhere for this. Marianne gets a lucky place on the train, after experiencing prejudice and grave fear in Ber ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This was definitely a middle grade book, although in NetGalley it was listed as YA. I had a problem with that at the beginning, but the further I got into the stories of the children involved in Kindertransport, the less I cared what level of reading it was - I just wanted to know the outcome!!

As someone who loves WWII era stories, to be able to read three short novels about Kindertransport - which I had never heard of until I requested this galley - that was utterly fascinating. In case you don
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I've only just discovered Irene N. Watts in the past few years, but I've quickly become a fan. This book is a collection of three stories involving children from the first wave of the Kindertransport. The first two focus on Marianne, while the third revolves around Sophie (though Marianne plays a supporting role). The first book, Good-bye Marianne, is an almost perfect slice of fiction, creating a sympathetic character stuck in horrible circumstances and letting the reader navigate the choices M ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Received a free copy from NetGalley.

I really wanted to like this book. The book summary caught my interest: historical fiction, kindertransport, WW II, holocaust, and families. I just couldn't get into the book. So many times, I put it down saying I wasn't going to finish it. I would then think maybe I'm not giving the book enough credit and maybe if I read just a little more it will start getting good. Never happened for me. The book was flat and just plain bleh. The book was wordy and choppy.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Definitely not what I expected! I though it would be dry, long, and hard to get through, but I couldn't have been more wrong. I was captivated from the first few pages and loved the length, depth and the interlocking way this was put together. Do not be discouraged by the topic, era, or length! It is not gruesome, though some parts are sad. It will speed by and be over sooner than you might expect.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My eyes were wet at least 4 times while I read through the book. This book is a wonderful and terrible and wonderful read. The lives of so many were changed because of the Kindertransport, and the events leading up to the Second World War. This book showed the lives of two German - Jewish girls who had to survive during this time. I have a lot of feelings pertaining to this book, but all I want to say is to read it.
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but once Marianne was reunited with her mother, the book felt rushed. Sophie's character didn't seem as developed as a result.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Good story, I've never heard of the kinder transport before. Transitions weren't very smooth in the story at times though.
Jul 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Other books in the series

Escape from Berlin (3 books)
  • Good-bye Marianne: A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany
  • Remember Me: A Search for Refuge in Wartime Britain
  • Finding Sophie