Those who save us /

by Blum, Jenna.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2005Edition: 1st Harvest ed.Description: 482 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 0156031663 (pbk.) :; 9780156031660 (pbk.).Title notes: $14.00 prolam 4-2008 (db)Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany -- Fiction | Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Fiction | Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Fiction | German American women -- Fiction | Young women -- Fiction | Bildungsromans | War stories
Contents:
Trudy and Anna, 1993 -- Anna and Max, Weimar 1939-1940 -- Trudy, November 1996 -- Anna and Mathilde, Weimar 1940-1942 -- Trudy, December 1996 -- Anna and the Obersturmfurhrer, Weimar 1952 -- Trudy, January 1997 -- Anna and the Obersturmfuhrer, Berchtesgaden 1943 -- Trudy, February 1997 -- Anna and the Obersturmfuhrer, Weimar 1943-1945 -- Trudy, March 1997 -- Anna and Jack, Weimar 1945 -- Trudy, April 1997 -- Anna and Jack, New Heidelburg 1945 -- Trudy, May 1997.
Summary: 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 Obersturmfuumlehrer 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.
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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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br>

$14.00 prolam 4-2008 (db)

First published: 2004.

"A Harvest book."

Trudy and Anna, 1993 -- Anna and Max, Weimar 1939-1940 -- Trudy, November 1996 -- Anna and Mathilde, Weimar 1940-1942 -- Trudy, December 1996 -- Anna and the Obersturmfurhrer, Weimar 1952 -- Trudy, January 1997 -- Anna and the Obersturmfuhrer, Berchtesgaden 1943 -- Trudy, February 1997 -- Anna and the Obersturmfuhrer, Weimar 1943-1945 -- Trudy, March 1997 -- Anna and Jack, Weimar 1945 -- Trudy, April 1997 -- Anna and Jack, New Heidelburg 1945 -- Trudy, May 1997.

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 Obersturmfuumlehrer 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.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">1THE EVENING IS TYPICAL ENOUGH UNTIL THE DOG BEGINS to choke. And even then, at first, Anna doesn't bother to turn from the Rouladen she is stuffing for the dinner that she and her father, Gerhard, will share, for the dachshund's energetic gagging doesn't strike her as anything unusual. The dog, Spaetzle, is forever eating something he shouldn't, savaging chicken carcasses and consuming heels of bread without chewing, and such greed is inevitably followed by retching. Privately, Anna thinks him a horrid little creature and has ever since he was first presented to her five years ago on her fourteenth birthday, a gift from her father just after her mother's death, as if in compensation. It is perhaps unfair to resent Spaetzle for this, but he is also chronically ill-tempered, snapping with his yellowed fangs at everyone except Gerhard; he is really her father's pet. And grossly fat, as Gerhard is always slipping him tidbits, despite his bellowed admonitions to Anna of Do not! Feed! The dog! From! The table!Now Anna ignores Spaetzle, wishing her hands were not otherwise engaged in the mixing bowl so she could bring them to her ears, but when the choking continues she looks at him with some alarm. He is gasping for breath between rounds of rmmmp rmmmp rmmmp noises, foam flecking his long muzzle. Anna abandons the Rouladen and bends over him, forcing his jaws open to get at whatever is blocking his windpipe, but her fingers, already meat-slick, find no purchase in the dog's slippery throat. He seems to be succeeding in his struggle to swallow the object, yet Anna is not willing to leave the outcome to chance. What if what he has eaten is poisonous? What if the dog should die? With a fearful glance in the direction of her father's study, Anna throws on her coat, seizes the dachshund, and races from the house without even removing her grimy apron.There being no time to bring Spaetzle to her regular doctor in the heart of Weimar, Anna decides to try a closer clinic she has never visited but often passed during her daily errands, on the shabby outskirts of town. She runs the entire quarter kilometer, fighting to retain her hold on the dog, who writhes indignantly in her arms, a slippery tube of muscle. Beneath guttering gaslamps, over rotting October leaves and sidewalks heaved by decades' worth of freeze and thaw: finally Anna rounds a corner into a row of narrow neglected houses still pockmarked with scars from the last war, and there is the bronze nameplate: HERR DOKTOR MAXIMILIAN STERN. Anna bumps the door open with a hip and rushes through the reception area to the examining room.She finds the Herr Doktor pressing a stethoscope to the chest of a woman whose flesh ripples like lard from her muslin brassiere. The patient catches sight of Anna before the practitioner: she points and emits a small breathy scream. The Doktor jumps and straightens, startled, and the woman grabs her bosom and moans.Have a seat in the waiting room, whoever you are, Excerpted from Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Harcourt debut fiction: a professor of German history, liberated from the camps with her mother at age three, tracks down dark secrets from the past. Fiction editor for AGNI, Blum once worked for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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