Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

Those Who Save Us

Jenna Blum
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Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during World War II, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, “Those Who Save Us” is a profound exploration of what people 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.
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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PRAISE FOR THOSE WHO SAVE US
“Jenna Blum's accomplished first novel, Those Who Save Us, is both vast and intimate in its reach . . . Utterly believable . . .An absorbing tale of two women's struggles with the burdens and responsibilities of remembrance.”-THE BOSTON GLOBE
"The 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

Author Biography

<div>JENNA BLUM is of German descent and half Jewish. She worked for Steven Spielberg&#8217;s Shoah Foundation for four years, interviewing Holocaust survivors. She lives in Boston, teaches at Boston University, and is the fiction editor for AGNI<br>magazine.<br><br>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 fasci

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