The Last Train To London
  • The Last Train To London
  • The Last Train To London
ISBN: 0062946943
EAN13: 9780062946942
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 16, 2020
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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National bestseller

A Historical Novels Review Editors' Choice

A Jewish Book Award Finalist

The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Exiles conjures her best novel yet, a pre-World War I-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and All the Light We Cannot See, centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe--and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.

In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna's streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan's best friend and companion is the brilliant Zofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents' carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis' take control.

There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. It is a mission Read More chevron_right

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   hard to follow
I am always very interested in books about WWII, especially about the people who have been most affected _ my own Mother who lived through the Warsaw Uprising by the amazingly brave Poles who held off the Germans for 63 days, while Britain, France, the USA, Russia did nothing to help them, and the people who helped hide or move people in the most peril deserve so much more attention. I am not sure what the author's method was but I found too much back and forth and I lost the thread many times, so I thank the author for that.
 
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   Based closely on well-documented facts
I enjoy reading about WWII. I' ve read a lot of books about the British experience and life in Germany under Hitler. Before and after Nazi troops arrived in Austria, this is the first book I have read that covers life in the country. The way Dutch people tried to get many Jewish children out of Germany is covered in the book. The book kept me reading late into the night and it was well- drawn and interesting in the characters. At the end of the book, I realized how historically accurate the plot had been, how every incident was documented, how every government decision was authentic, and every situation based on fact. The true horror of those times was brought home to me by this.
 
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   Based closely on well-documented facts
I have recently become fascinated by the history of World War II. I have read a number of books about the British experience and about life under Hitler. This is the first book I have read that covers both life in Austria before and after the war. The book also reveals how Dutch people tried to extract many Jewish children out of Germany and the U.S. effort was late because of bureaucratic delays. The book kept me turning pages late into the night the situations and feelings were very real and the characters well-drawn and in themselves. However, it was only at the end of the book when I read the acknowledgements that I realized how historically accurate the plot had been, how every incident was documented, every government decision was authentic and every situation based on fact. It brought the true horror of those times home to me.
 
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   Meet the Brave Truus Wijsmuller
Because I'm Jewish, I don't read Holocaust literature. It's great to find out about brave helpers like Truus Wijsmuller, a Dutchwoman who smuggled Jewish children to London and to read about them in action. This book is a must-read. What happened next is that the children were allowed on the train, but there was more than there should have been, and the train was stopped for a check. Not only did they have more than double the number of children, but one extra was a baby in a picnic basket. What a young couple, one Jew and one not got on the train? Learn how she put herself in danger by meeting Adolf Eichmann's dog, Bruno, at his side. Meg Waite Clayton has done her research and shown us another woman who risked her life to bring over 10,000 children to freedom.
 
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   Meet the Brave Truus Wijsmuller
I don't know why I read Holocaust literature. Truus Wijsmuller, a Dutchwoman who smuggled Jewish children to London, is one of the brave helpers that I would like to learn about. This is a must- read. There were more children than there should have been on the train and the train stopped for a check. There was a baby in a picnic basket. A young couple, one a Jew and one not got onto the train and the horror that led up to them escaping will be discussed. Learn how Truus put herself in danger by meeting with Hitler. Another woman who risked her life to bring over ten thousand children to freedom has been shown by Meg. That's great!
 
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   A Book About The Kindertransport
A book that was well written. The real life of the woman who transported these children from Austria, Germany and many of the countries conquered by Hitler in his zeal to bring about an Aryan nation is the subject of the book. The story is moving and horrifying in that it shows the hatred and disrespect of human life that the Nazis had for anyone different than their ideal. It reminds you that one person can make a difference. Would there be more people like Dante Truus?
 
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   A Book About The Kindertransport
A great book, said Frey. While listed as historical fiction, the book is based on the real life of the woman who transported these children from Austria, Germany and many of the countries conquered by Hitler to establish an Aryan nation. It also reminds you that one person can make a difference in the world. There are just a handful of people left who would match Dante's standards.
 
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   Remarkable Story, Eloquently Told
The world stood by while the Nazis murdered one million Jewish children. Fascism, totalitarianism, bigotry and baseless hatred are still a threat to democracy around the world, he said. Thanks to Janet Clayton for writing such a remarkable book that is at times hard to digest. I would give this book 10 stars, if I could.
 
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   Excellent novel based on true history of the kinder transport
I found it hard to get into this book as the author switched between different characters in different chapters. It was hard to stop listening once I knew who they were. I found the novel to be very historically accurate and interesting, as I was looking up the real history of the transport. The fictional experiences of the people involved in the transport were intriguing with believable people.
 
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   Fantastic Book - One of my top 10 of the year!
This one took me a little bit of time to get into because there were short chapters from multiple POVs and I had to orient myself around who was who, what they were doing, and where they fit into the story, but I'm so glad I didn't give up because this book was AMAZING. I have read a few books about the Kindertransport program in Europe, but this stands out as the best among those that I have read. The research that went into the story was incredible and evident on almost every page, and I was absolutely fascinated by Tante Truus, the real woman out of the Netherlands that helped save more than 10,000 children during World War II, Morgenthau said. This book will stand in a class by itself. It's well worth the read even if you've read many other WWII Hist Fic books _ but especially if you've never read any centered on the Kindertransport programs.
 
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