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
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
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
In contrast, I felt myself equally sympathizing and understanding why Anna was compelled to keep her own war secrets hidden. One of my favorite parts of the book is Anna telling ...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
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 Ger ...more
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My only complaint is that the character of Trudy is ...more
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
The story begins before the war as the protagonist, Anna Brandt, a young Aryan woman and daughter, is destined to cater to her widowed father’s whims until he finds a suitor for her. In the meantime, Anna befriends a Jewish veterinarian, Max Stern, and spends her free time at his clinic, ...more
In Those Who Save Us, author Jenna Blum (a former Steven Spielberg/Shoah Foundation historian, who interviewed Holocaust ...more
The author takes you back and forth between Anna’s story during the war and Trudy’ ...more
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