Jenna Blum Those Who Save Us

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Those Who Save Us

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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.

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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"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"

About the Author:

JENNA BLUM is of German descent and half Jewish. She worked for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation for four years, interviewing Holocaust survivors. She lives in Boston,teaches at Boston University,and is the fiction editor for AGNI
magazine.

ALT VERSION: Jenna Blum has been writing professionally since 1986 when she won first prize in Seventeen Magazine's National Fiction Contest. Her work has been published in numerous literary and commercial magazines. The daughter of a Jewish newsman and a German concert pianist,she has always been fascinated by her heritage and the second world war. She worked for Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation for four years, interviewing survivors. She currently teaches at Boston University and is the Fiction Editor for AGNI magazine.

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