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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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Those Who Save Us
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February 12th, 2015
It was a really great story. I love the story line and felt it was really well written. The absence of quotation marks in the e book I read was a bit strange at first but I got used to it. My only complaint is that it ended quite abruptly. I'm going to miss the characters!
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Those Who Save Us
April 22nd, 2014
The author was too obsessed with sexual activities. She could have led us to the garden but didnt need to take us down the path with so much detail. Completely unnecessary. Disappointing, it had nothing to do with the nature of the story.
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February 3rd, 2014
A page turner full of history and human experience. Loved it!
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