Jenna Blum Those Who Save Us

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Those Who Save Us

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'Impossible' Max breathes. 'This is impossible.' Anna bends to put her lips to his ear 'No, it's not' she whispers. 'I know where to hide you. I have the perfect place.'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 guilt about her supposed Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth about her mother's life.

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"Th[is] book's power . . . lies . . . in examining the emotional and moral gray area between heroism and collaboration . . . "Those Who Save Us" bursts with provocative questions about the ambiguous possibilities of culpability."--"San Francisco Chronicle "
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. Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the heartbreaking truth of her mother's life. "Those Who Save Us" is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.
"Impossible to put . . . down . . . well-researched . . . compelling."--"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"The themes of love, sacrifice and family secrets are at the core of Blum's powerful first novel . . . [a] fast-paced page-turner."--"Jewish Book World "
"I was much impressed by Jenna Blum's book. It is a powerful evocation of terrible events, moving and persuasive . . . A remarkable first novel, with memorable characters and an exemplary control over structure, bringing past and present together to great effect."--Penelope Lively, author of "Moon Tiger"

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Jenna Blum lived in London and Minneapolis before settling in Boston, where she now teaches at Boston University and Grub Street Writers. Jenna is of German and Jewish descent and worked for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation for four years, interviewing Holocaust survivors. Those Who Save Us is her first novel. She currently teaches at Boston University and is the fiction editor for AGNI magazine

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