Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Club Friday-- Those Who Save Us.

I've really fallen off the reading train.  After reading 21 books in the first 3 months, I haven't read a single book in over two weeks.  That WILL be rectified this weekend, since we (thankfully) have zero plans to go anywhere or do anything!  Some quality time with the husband and a book?  Sounds like the perfect weekend...

The last book I did read was Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum.  My mom had read it and wanted to be able to talk about it with someone, so I borrowed it from her and gave it a shot.

GoodReads Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts:  There were parts of this book that I hated and parts that I loved.  The writing was at times beautiful and at others, very heavy.  I didn't overall love or hate this book.  But I am glad that I read it.  The story is unique-- not many books about the holocaust are told from a German perspective, but it was fascinating to see what they went through as well.  It may not be the best book ever, but I'd still recommend it.  

Anyone else read this book??  What did you think?


  1. This books seems interesting mainly because I like books about WW2, might just have to add it to my list

  2. I reviewed this book too! I really loved the book but I'm a memoir girl so I enjoyed the back and forth writing :)

  3. I love Historical Fiction and WW2 has to be one of my favorite periods. I am adding it my list since I would love to read a story from a Germans point of view.

  4. I haven't been reading at all. I have so many books I want to read but when I do get free time I'm just vegging and not doing anything productive. Hoping to read this weekend though.

  5. I feel like I've been reading a ton of reviews of this lately, especially considering how old this it. I read the book before, but it's been a while, before I started blogging even. But even though it's been a while it's a book I haven't been able to forget. I don't remember loving it, but it's definitely one that left an impression on me.

  6. That summary sounds really good, but the doomed bit makes me want to shy away...I do like a happy ending! However, the Holocaust from a German point of view would make it worthwhile. I asked a German woman I met while in London a lot of questions about what it feels like to be a German today, knowing what happened during WWII. I so appreciated her honesty and transparency. It's not forgotten, that's for sure.