Those Who Save Us

By Jenna Blum
(Harvest Books, Paperback, 9780156031660, 482pp.)

Publication Date: May 2005

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Description
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.



About the Author
Jenna Blum is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Storm Chasers" and "Those Who Save Us", the winner of the 2005 Harold U. Ribalow Prize. Jenna is also one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers.


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