Those Who Save Us

Blum, Jenna

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 Buchenwald. Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother's life. Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.

Publisher: Orlando, Fla. ; Toronto : Harcourt, 2005, c2004.
ISBN: 9780156031660
Characteristics: 482 p. ;,20 cm.


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Oct 29, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very, compelling read. I enjoyed her writing style, which was raw and simple, yet very beautiful in some parts as well. It really is a testament to her writing that I liked the book so much, because I usually detest it when authors don't include quotation marks-seems like a little thing but it really bugs me normally. In this novel, I noticed it in the first chapter or two but then almost completely forgot about it. There were slight, little things that I would change or wish would have been more clear and that's why it's not a full 5, but ultimately I would really recommend this novel!

May 30, 2013
  • Sherrypoppins rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great read. The storyline will stay with me, which isn't always the case after I read something.

May 16, 2013
  • booklover717 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WOW!!! I have just finished reading 'Those Who Saved Us' ... a most amazing book. Excellent writing,very graphic and raw at times, but so were the times. I couldn't put it down, and I know it will live in my head for quite some time. Highly recommend it!

Mar 15, 2013
  • lati2003cb rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Amazing story of what people had to do during the war in order to survive and help others. Its a great book!

Apr 18, 2012
  • gwendy11 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great Read!!!I This was a book we read for my book club, It was a great pick. I couldn't put it down.

Mar 26, 2012

Fabulous book. One of the best I've ever read!!

Nov 21, 2011
  • maven rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Interesting premise, poor execution. Very much like "Sarah's Key," with moving between WWII and the 1990s, and done in a similarly dull and irritating way. Things felt so false and unrealistic, and it got a bit tedious after awhile, so I just gave up after a bit.

Nov 04, 2011
  • glendamiller rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was such a good read. I couldn't put it down.

Oct 28, 2011
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book tells the story of every day Germans and what some of them had to do to survive WWII. The hardships and depravations suffered by every day Germans is not something that we usually think about . Anna gives birth to her daughter Trudy in war torn Germany, but once the pair are liberated by the Americans, Anna never again speaks of their time during the war. As an adult Trudy specializes in German history and her particular interest is how the every day German survived the war. A very interesting book; thought provoking on so many levels. Ms. Blum's writing is very engaging and easy to read. Put this book on your list of books to read.

Jul 14, 2011
  • harrisc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is an excellent read and was very hard to put down. Jenna Blum's writing style flowed smoothly, and the way I felt about the mother and daughter just deepened throughout the story.

To gain a perspective of what Germany was like during WW II, from the point of view of regular Germans, Nazis and Jews, I'd say this is must-read. Stories of our histories are never simple....there's no "black and white."

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