Probably. It was a diffficult read, and the story of the past was much more engrossing than the story of the present, but it was a challenging read. Brutality was depicted in all of its graphic formss
The complex relationships between mothers and children, and the idea that those who save us do not always do it for us, but for themselves
It made me cry in spots and angry in others. It is incomprehensible to me to think that anti-Semitism still exists.
No.I was dissapointed at the ending, which was unanticipated and left you hanging.
Don't have one.
She handled the cahracters welll.
This is probably one of my favorite books about the holocaust. What do they have to tell a child? This blank space in their hearts does not go away and they do not know how to make it easy to remissness about them. The grips of which knows no comfort in the truth. Many do not allow them to know anything. Its confusing to them still and they do not want to frighten their loved ones. If unable to tell their own loved ones who even their parents were, that is a lot of pain to just swallow, as many of them did. If it is our parent who was forced to live such unspoken pain yet they see their children, with their friends and cousins who all know their entire families, all about their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents on both sides, is truly unbearable. They feel ashamed, they wonder and can only imagine fictional stories about them. To think that this would not affect the survivors or their offspring is quite arrogant. Making statements like those I have read here that people could not bare that of the daughters angst at this fate; must be living under a rock. The holocaust is real. I feel sorry for you. We have holes in our hearts of the missing parts yet we must never forget.
This book also explains the present via the past.
There were so many. No spoilers will come from me. Perhaps actually being able to understand on a personal level how being in Nazi Germany could change good people and move them to act in bad ways due to context.
It's easy to say the Nazis were bad and it could never happen here or to me. This book illustrates how it could and how good people through saving themselves end up doing bad things.
The narrator did an excellent job of keeping my attention. Her voice was smooth and not loud or boring. There were many different characters that she had to mimic and she was able to do so without losing the importance of the story. It was a rather long story but I never wanted to just give up and stop hearing the story. On some stories, I get tired of the narration and quit listening, but on this story, I was kept interested the whole time.
I loved the story. I am very interested in the era of WWII because my father fought 1942-1945. Every story has a piece of information that helps me to understand the war and why my father never wanted to talk about it. I have come to learn of the atrocities that occurred with the books I listen to. The characters were believable and each had their own story to tell.
It made me feel for everyone that was touched by WWII. I could relate to their stories even though I did not live through the times. The story touched on a very sensitive subject of women and how everything we do is for our children. I tried to imagine how Anna's life would have been if she had not had Trudy. Would she have made the same decisions? Also, I felt sad when the characters would remember when their family members or friends were killed. How they had to go on but 60 years later still remember like it was yesterday.
A very good book and the first one I have read by this author. It was another view of the war by a German woman who also struggled to survive
I was intrigued by the author's use of two separate timelines. I would recommend it.
the story enlightens the reader about the depth of a mother's love, to endure pain to assure her child is protected. Opened my eyes to the unspeakable evil suffered by those surrounded by war.
The almost too detailed description of Nazi Germany was realistic and horrifying. I am disheartened that humankind is still so cruel and did not learn from the horrors of Hitler.
loved this book, I've read a lot of books about the Holocaust but never any that shed light on how the German civilians really felt about their role in the preservation and annihilation of the Jews and any other people that Hitler deemed impure . I like the fact that the author shielded nothing, she write about the good and the bad side, making this book more poignant.