"THOSE WHO SAVE US" by Jenna Blum

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 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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  • Chuck S.

    This is an excellent book. I'm almost finished with it. It was a fine group and a great selection. The Skype session left a lot to be desired though. I could hear little of what Jenna was saying and the video was choppy and jerky. Maybe a set of external speakers would have helped. I could bring a set next time if needed, that is if the laptop can accommodate them.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the book

    February 28, 2013

  • Theresa L.

    I wish the audio could have been louder ..jenna was so wonderful to do this ..she is an extremely compassionate person and I think that's why she was able to write such a deeply moving book..
    I was happy to introduce you all to her.

    February 28, 2013

  • Jim V.

    When I came in, I said to myself, "oh no, a film", then someone spoke to the screen and I realized it was a live session. Took me a while to consider she might be the author. I kept thinking she looked too young to have written such a heavy book. Later, I decided she had too much of an UP personality to have written such a heavy book.
    I missed much of the audio but still enjoyed her appearance.
    And the book was heavy. So much horror and bad experiences in Anna's life. I'd love to see the movie and I'd love to read a sequel.

    February 28, 2013

  • Debbie D.

    Thanks again Theresa for setting up the Skype session w/Jenna! That was really cool!

    February 28, 2013

  • Theresa L.

    Had the best time ever..having the author join us made it fun ..

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    LOVED the book!

    February 27, 2013

  • Carol C.

    Something came up - won't be able to attend after all. I enjoyed the book though and will miss hearing what everyone has to say.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    36 is a LOT of people for a book discussion! We shall see how this goes.

    February 27, 2013

  • Beverly N.

    On a trip to the Grand Canyon. Enjoy your discussion

    February 26, 2013

  • Henna B.

    Have not read this book. Looking forward to the next one, though.

    February 26, 2013

  • Adriana M.

    What is the next book?

    February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you click on the group's calendar, you can see the books for each month. This week, we will be discussing THOSE WHO SAVE US. Next up is GONE GIRL.

      February 24, 2013

  • Chuck S.

    I could not find this book at B&N so I had to order it on Amazon. Hopefully I will get it and have time to read it before next Wednesday. I look forward to meeting all of you.

    February 20, 2013

  • Jim V.

    My loan of the book lasted till Feb 22 and I was getting bummed because the library website seemed to be killing hope that it could be returned early. A call to the reference librarian at the P.B. Library pointed me to Amazon and I got it taken back. It was my first time borrowing a Kindle book. Nothing is easy the first time thru.... I'm glad others got a chance to borrow it in time for the meeting. Not much hope for the next 2 tho.

    February 15, 2013

  • cheryl k.

    Stayed up to 3am to finish. Great story. Like Sarah's key enjoyed the back an forth between stories and generations.

    February 14, 2013

  • Jim V.

    I just finished it and read the first two chapters again. I'll probably read the whole thing again. The Kindle edition is only $8.52 at Amazon. D/L from the library was easier than expected. I'll try to return it tonight.

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I already have another commitment the same night and time.

    January 26, 2013

    • Wendy

      Kayla, I'm sorry you will not be able to make it for the next meetup. I hope you can join us next month.

      February 7, 2013

  • Randi

    My first meeting!

    2 · February 6, 2013

  • candy g.

    First timer. I look forward to it.

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Carol C.

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Wendy

    Thanks Stephanie, I want to start reading the book this evening when I get the kids to bed. I have heard great reviews about the book.

    January 26, 2013

  • Jim V.

    30 days should be enough to find (and read) this book. It looks like a good one.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good news for anyone who likes to listen to books! "Those Who Save Us" is available as a digital recording. I got mine through audible, but I am betting B and N and Amazon have it too. I am about 3 hours into it and it is fascinating!

    1 · January 24, 2013

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