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Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
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Jun 25, 2008

it was amazing
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Recommended to Elysabeth by: Paula Friedman, Judy Reichman
Read in November, 2008

** spoiler alert ** I absolutely loved this book. The perspective from which it was written (at least in the historical perspective), was one that I have never read about before. I found this book incredibly hard to put down, mostly because I needed to know what was going to happen, and how things interconnected.

A few reviews I have read said that it moved way too quickly at the end and tied up too neatly, but I don't think that is actually so, at least not for me. I was impressed with how it all came together, and pleased that there wasn't a huge catharsis for Anna's character. She continued to live as she had in the United States and kept her own personal truth to herself. It was a relief (for me) to know that Trudy did learn about her own history, and to know that she didn't have to bear the weight of thinking that her father was an SS Officer.

The one disclaimer I received about this book was that it was "Very graphic" (says my husband), and it was definitely that, but it absolutely was necessary for the book to be that graphic. I think it illustrated that the horrors of the Nazis affected everyone. I was particularly saddened b the scenes of starvation and hunger, in the camps and out.

I did love this book. I don't think it's for everyone, particularly people who might have a difficulty with stories of the Holocaust or with graphic violence, but it is an extraordinarily well-written book, that has a lot to say.
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Kelli Hi there...would you mind flagging this review as "contains spoilers"? The last couple of sentences in the second paragraph kind of told me how the ending would go...not in extreme detail but since Trudy's quest for answers is the major theme of the book, knowing she gets that major answer is a pretty big spoiler. I just thought other readers who read the reviews would appreciate the alert ahead of time. Thanks and have a great weekend. :)

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