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Those Who Save Us

Those Who Save Us - Jenna Blum Jenna Blum has been writing short stories since she was 16. Several of them have been published. "Those who save us" is her first novel. The book has been on various bestseller lists and has been nominated for several awards.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.The characters are put down very well, you really start to feel for them. Getting angry a bit at Anna for not telling her daughter more, but understanding too that she simply wants to forget what has happened. I found it very interesting to read a book from this perspective as most of WWII books are about survivors of camps, people in the resistance or people from other countries and how they got trough the war. I think it is very well put and gives a clear view what a human being will do to survive. The book will be able to call for some negative feelings too though so you have to be able to really put things in the right place while reading.