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4.53  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Over ten days in 1943 Berlin, six teenagers witness and try to escape the Nazi round-ups of Jews and Roma. Giving voice to the unheard victims of Nazism — the Roma, the disabled, homosexuals, intermarried Jews, and political enemies of the Nazi regime — this historical thriller will change how we think about Holocaust history.

Marko screwed up. But he's good at swallowing h
Paperback, 382 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Unsilence Project (published in partnership) (first published January 13th 2015)
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Sol Stammen Yes, this book gave me so much great insight on how different minorities were treated differently and how some were given worse punishments than other…moreYes, this book gave me so much great insight on how different minorities were treated differently and how some were given worse punishments than others. It shows how life was for about three different minorities : homosexuals, Gypsies, and of course Jews.(maybe a couple others were mentioned, I don't remember)(less)

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Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holocaust-wwii
I don't normally write reviews but I felt compelled to do so following this debut by Danny M. Cohen. It was only by chance that I came across his book via Facebook. I am so pleased I did.

Train is a young adult historical fiction based in 1943 Berlin about a group of teenagers on a quest to escape the capture of the Nazi's. We learn of the round-ups and destruction of not only Jews, but gypsies, homosexuals and the disabled.

I wholeheartedly warmed to each character. Tsura's bravery, Ruth's adora
Elliot Doudna
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. At the beginning I was unsure of how to feel about this novel, but as I continued to read I began to sympathize with (almost) all of the characters. That sympathy along with the history behind each of their struggles made this novel much more impactful than I had expected when I first opened the book.
Jun 13, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: eh, 2022
I enjoyed the first third of the book, but from there on I found it to be very boring and hard to get through. Didn’t love the ending!
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Train is not a book I would pick for myself. I was asked to read this in a graduate Literacy program and I am so thankful that I was! Starting this book, I felt slightly disconnected. I had trouble following the characters and their stories. That quickly changed as the story progressed. I then felt a connection to each character, some more positive then others. I really enjoyed the historical perspective that Danny M. Cohen brought to this book. It has history from World War II that is not openl ...more
Laurie Pool
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to a talk given by the Author, Danny Cohen and was intrigued to read the book. I’ve read a lot of world war 2 books and thought that I knew the history pretty well. Through this historic fiction book I was exposed to tragedies that I had never heard of.
In 1936 Germany was hosting the Olympics and rounded up all the Roma / Gypsies and Sinti people, “ cleaning the city”. They put them in an internment camp Marzahn, on the outskirts-of Berlin where they were inprisoned in horrific condi
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My dear friend Danny wrote this book, and while excited to read his work I was nervous to begin. What if I didn't like it? How do you tell a close friend, "Er, well, about that book you wrote...yeah, well...i just couldn't get into it". Well, this was NOT that book, and I'm extremely proud to call Danny a friend and have him produce such an AMAZING book. Of course, I have all the other feelings one would expect after reading a book about the Holocaust...but some new ones thrown in there as well. ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Definitely an amazing book! The author came and talked to my school and he is so inspirational and this book was amazing!
Kylie Abbey
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
Train was a very interesting story about other populations in Germany that were round up as well as Jews. This piece of literature brings light onto other populations, giving them a voice and the ability to be recognized.

Plot Summary:
The book takes place in 1943 Berlin, Germany. Over the span of ten days, we see the stories of the disabled, Roma, intermarried Jews, Homosexuals, and political enemies of the Nazis. The first character we meet is Marko. Marko is a Roma, who plans
Kaydence Stocker
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
I love this book. It gives a voice to all of the others who were affected by the holocaust. To me, it's the best part of this book because it doesn't just focus on the Jewish community. It focuses on the Roma (gypsies), the disabled, homosexuals, intermarried jews, and political enemies of the regime. I think that "Train" is very informative.

Six teens of all different religions try and protest the round-ups of Jews, Roma, gays, disabled people, and the intermarried families.
Stormi Schroder
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Train. by Danny Cohen is completely riveting and hard to put down. Although at first slightly confusing to follow the connections between the six main characters but as the story progresses you can't help but love and hurt for each of the characters and their stories. By the end of the story, there is no way to stop from being sad for the way the story progressed. Although sad, the story was impossible to stop reading. This kind of story is great to demonstrate the horrors that occurred to all k ...more
Jan Davis
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book covers several groups of people targeted by the Nazis--Jews, Christians with Jewish spouses, Romani, the resistance and homosexuals. It also tells the story of a Nazi youth. It is the intersection of members of each of these groups that lead to a complex network of people trying to live in Berlin. At times the book seemed like it tried to take on too much by including such diverse people in a short amount of time, but it makes clear the atrocities they all suffered. I'm still thinking ...more
Mrs. Hassig
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book, covering so many Holocaust topics that I wish I'd read it before my students wrote their White Rose essays on "Other Victims" of the Holocaust. Cohen writes about six teenagers living in Berlin under the Nazis in 1943. Each has a story and a secret. One boy is homosexual, two are Roma/Sinti, two are Jewish because they have a Jewish parent, and one lost her younger brother as a result of Operation T-4 because he was mentally ill. These are the forgotten victims of Adolf Hitler ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Train“, a 381-page novel inspired by hidden history written by Danny M. Cohen, revolves around World War II. It is a time when Adolf Hitler is rounding up Jewish people and other non-German people and putting them in Camps or worse.

Tsura and Marko—Romani siblings—plotted their escape from the city in which they were raised in order to flee the tyranny of the Nazi regime. Things on that avenue do not go as planned because their teacher, mentor, and attendant Professor Duerr fell ill. Not only th
Lindsay McBride
Sep 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading I got confused by the characters, but once you get through the first perspective of each character it becomes a really beautiful story about resistance in the Holocaust. I loved how Cohen talked about the perspectives of gypsies, homosexuals, and Christian wives of Jewish men. These groups are much less studied and I did not know anything about the protest. I love how each character makes decisions that I grappled with, making me realize how different each person's p ...more
James Cleveland-Tran
Jun 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq-fiction
The title of the book is well chosen - not just referring to the trains out of the city (both for potential escape and potential doom), or Alex’s gift/puzzle for Ruth, but to the structure of the story, the repeating cycle of PoVs that kept the action constantly moving forward, as well as the connections between the 6 protagonists. The story is based on a number of true events and is written in a cohesive and moving way.
Melissa Mikel
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning piece of a rare history told. Meticulously researched to tell the story of 'other' victims of the Holocaust including the Roma & Sinti people, homosexuals along with the T4 program. The remarkable story of the Rosenstrasse resistance is also told. The human cost of hate and intolerance is infused throughout this book that you will not be able to put down. ...more
Carol Ann
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hard to keep characters straight at first. It seemed as if the time dragged at points in the book.
Feb 18, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-school
Read this for English class. This was one of the best books I’ve read for a class.
Deborah Sowery-Quinn
Sep 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is a YA novel inspired by real events in 1943 Berlin. 6 young characters lives in the midst of war : betrayals, love, resistance, courage, ... it held my interest throughout.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked the characters in this book and I appreciated Cohen bringing attention to many lesser known groups that were targeted by Hitler and the Nazis. This is listed as a YA book but it is definitely for more mature YA readers. Not necessarily because of the subject matter but more because it is a slow build and there are many characters to keep track of. It's worth doing but I found myself dissatisfied by the ending. The epilogue doesn't really serve to answer all that much, which may be ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ll start by saying that Train is, quite simply, one of the very best novels that I’ve had the pleasure to read. In the realms of Holocaust fiction it is right up there alongside The Book Thief and far superior (both in terms of storytelling and authenticity) to The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. Train gripped me from start to finish. Told through the narrative of the book’s six main characters, Train takes place over ten days in 1943 Berlin and tells a story that allows the reader to hear from an ...more
Elaine Stein
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN & SO HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. From the first pages, I found myself mesmerized and engrossed in this remarkable book. By the end of reading Train I felt like I knew every character of this book personally and I found myself in tears, crying for them. I can say without a doubt this is one of the best books I have read. Danny M. Cohen is such a wonderful writer. He made sure every part of this astonishing history was researched in detail (so much of the story is based on real events) ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the most surprising young adult novel about the Holocaust that I have ever encountered. The author takes a well-trodden topic in literature - the Holocaust -, mixes it up, turns it around and out comes a surprising, suspense-filled novel that portrays a week in the lives of a group of young people from very different backgrounds (I don't want to spoil the story, but I can say that this cast of people was a first for me in any kind of Holocaust-related literature) as they struggle to surv ...more
Chuck Rankin
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent retrospect...that of course made me think about the history of life and love and continuity.

I was worried how horribly deep this book would sink....and even though I judged this book with all stars....maybe something a bit astonishing could have been reached. I was scared as I turned each page that true historical ugliness would emerge....but the author tended to "protect" the reader from the inevitable.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Excellent depiction of various ways people tried to resist against the Nazis, and a terrific representation of multiple populations who were targeted, including but not limited to Jewish people. Despite there being quite a few characters, Cohen makes them all relatable and very real--he doesn't shy away from their flaws and none takes on such a hero archetype that they fail to feel authentic. An added bonus is the fast pace of the book. ...more
Jenni Frencham
Because of my work on the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards, I cannot publish my opinions on any children's or YA book with LGBTQ+ characters or themes. I may update these reviews after the announcement of the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards. ...more
Marilyn W
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very well written. Factual and honest.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
this book was really fucking sad
Sol Stammen
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
i read this book more than a year ago, but i still find myself thinking about it. it haunts me.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could read this book over and over again. It is impossible not to get sucked into the compelling story. I learned so much about holocaust history!
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​[1] I'm a professor and learning scientist at Northwestern University. I specialize in Holocaust memory, hidden narratives, and the design of social justice education. [2] I write human rights fiction and choose-your-own-pathway stories. My novel TRAIN is inspired by hidden Holocaust history. [3] I'm the founder of Unsilence, a national education n

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