The Girl From the Train

The Girl From the Train

Book - 2015
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A young girl who escaped a train bound for Auschwitz is taken in by a Polish freedom fighter for the duration of the war, only to meet up with him years later in Apartheid-era South Africa.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
ISBN: 9780529102379
0529102374
Branch Call Number: FIC JOUBERT, IRMA
Characteristics: x, 370 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Silke, Elsa - Translator

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Eil_1
Aug 28, 2016

Enjoyed this book very much. It is a moving story of loss and the enduring power of love.

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starrpwr
May 24, 2016

At first glance I mistook this book for the more popular The Girl On The Train, however, it was a less than noteworthy read. At the heart of the book is a love story that spans a decade and two countries; not really my cup of tea but I enjoyed the historical aspects of the story line (Eastern Europe during WW II and South Africa in the Fifties).

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Rock_Shadow
Jan 01, 2016

I almost didn't get past the first few pages, as the sentences were short, but then figured it was a juvenile fiction and kept reading. The Polish part of the story was well done. I looked forward to the South African part, and it started well, but then the story descended into a romance and it lost me altogether.

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TheresaAJ
Dec 09, 2015

This novel, translated from Afrikaans, takes the reader on a tumultuous journey from World War II Poland to South Africa in the late 1950s. Gretl Schmidt, age 5, is pushed from a train headed to Auschwitz near the end of the war. She is rescued by a Polish Resistance fighter who renames her Gretz Kowalski. A few years later, Gretz is accepted into an adoption program for German orphans and becomes Greitjie Neehling. As she grows and matures, Greit struggles with all her now hidden former identities. Events come to a climax when her former rescuer, Jakob Kowalski, emigrates to South Africa after his politics clash with the new Communist regime. A quick read that shares World War II history that's not focused on the American story.

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cgutierrez1
Jan 26, 2016

cgutierrez1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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