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Publisher's Summary

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. She was coerced into an abusive affair with him, which she went along with in order to ensure her survival - and that of her baby.
©2005 Jenna Blum; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Blum's spare imagery is nightmarish and intimate, imbuing familiar panoramas of Nazi atrocity with stark new power. This is a poised, hair-raising debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"An absorbing tale of two women's struggles with the burdens and responsibilities of remembrance." (The Boston Globe)

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  • DIANE
  • Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada
  • 09-07-10

Well done

I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story. The characters were very well developed and the readings by Francisco Rivela were excellent- great accents and just a great story. A disturbing but enlightening insight into the role of German women during Nazi Germany. Would highly recommend this book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Starlet
  • San Carlos, CA, United States
  • 06-11-10

Another Perspective

I enjoyed this book because it offered yet another perspective which is becoming much more prevalent in these types of stories and, thus, more interesting. I read quite a bit in this genre of WWII, Holocaust, Germany and the viewpoint of a German woman's past life and daughter's current life is unique. It is not easy to read the flash back forward, but I think this author pulled it off without causing too much confusion. However, I really did like the memoir and it is a great book about WWII from the German side in portraying that not all Germans were despicable during the war. One likes to think that is true, and this story was yet another way of letting that be known as a possibility

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Heavy, Hellish, and Unforgettable

I have read quite a few nonfiction Holocaust/Nazi Germany books and am usually leery of fictitious books concerning the Holocaust. However, this book was rather 'enjoyable'. It is, of course, a very heavy book and not a "fun" read, but it is enjoyable! It not only felt real (I constantly had to remind myself not to discuss what went on in this book so that I would not get it confused with reality), but it had me on the edge of my seat.

Typically Holocaust stories are about the Holocaust victims and most people shy away from the topic of what the Germans went through (guilty/not guilty/etc...). I thought that the author was able to bring about this topic beautifully and even mentioned several books that "Trudy" is reading and that I myself have read ("Hitler's Willing Executioners", etc...) and that are wonderful resources for anyone to read that wants to know more about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

I highly recommend this book!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A book on tape that will keep you awake in the car

Where does Those Who Save Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the few books whose narrator has kept me awake while driving hours and hours late at night. Usually I start dozing and switch to music, but I couldn't stop listening to this book, and was sad was it had ended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Taryn
  • Suffern, NY, United States
  • 01-26-11

engaging

I was hooked on this book from the beginning. It delt with two major topics, that of survivors guilt and of judging others. It was interesting to see this horrible time in history tackled in a different way. The character development was excellent and the story kept me anxiously waiting to see when and if Anna would finally tell Trudie about her past. I highly recommend it!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

What did you like about this audiobook?

The well written history was remarkable in its detail of this family.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Continued to learn what happened during the war.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing

Do you have any additional comments?

Highly recommend

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Heavy! Very good read

GAH! This is getting heavy! About half way through and I think some of this will linger...

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Done and loved it! great story!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant insight into German minds and hearts

Sensitively written. Excellent development of characters... they came alive and touched my heart. I gained a deeper understanding of what the German people experienced in and after the war. Highly recommended.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 11-24-12

Moving and complex

Would you listen to Those Who Save Us again? Why?

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

What did you like best about this story?

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

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry in spots and angry in others. It is incomprehensible to me to think that anti-Semitism still exists.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The truth of holocaust it haunts for generations

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Louise
  • 06-02-16

Brilliant from start to finish.

Great read, great story, great narration. Would recommend to anyone interested in war time drama behind the scenes.