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  • Surviving the Fatherland

  • A True Coming of Age Love Story Set in WWII Germany
  • By: Annette Oppenlander
  • Narrated by: Naomi Jacobson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Spanning 13 years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII, author Annette Oppenlander's Surviving the Fatherland is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal that illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children's war.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth my time

  • By alice webber on 06-12-18

The pain of WW2 children

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This book could be written today. Somewhere in Iran or Iraq lives a child living this life. It’s good to see the war from the eyes of people who had no choice during the war. It’s good to ask the question what would I do if this happened in my country. How does a person stop a mad man. If your poor and have no talent for organizing large groups of people how can you stay away from a war someone else puts you through. My people came from Germany in the 1920’s we were lucky.

  • Those Who Save Us

  • By: Jenna Blum
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

Trudy, a college history professor, is collecting oral histories from World War II survivors (both German and Jewish). Her mother, Anna, refuses to talk to her, but Anna's story is revealed in flashback. She conducted an affair with a Jewish baker who was summarily killed. Afterward, Anna caught the eye of a high-ranking Nazi officer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done

  • By DIANE on 09-07-10

Those who save us is the perfect start

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Jenna Blum writes this as if she knows someone who has gone trough this. And Suzanne Toren voice and accents makes this real and sitting in your lap. Anna is real. Maybe not this Anna but some woman out there went through this and is probably going through this at this min. It’s a fantastic book. It is a bit long, but in the end every word was a treasure. I hope Jenna writes another can’t put down book.