The Girl From the Train

The Girl From the Train

Book - 2015
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"A sweeping international love story that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the inhumanities of war and prejudice.Six-year-old Gretl and her sister jump from a train bound for Auschwitz, her mother and grandmother unable to squeeze between the bars covering the windows. The daughter of a German soldier, Gretl understands very little about how her grandmothers Jewishness brought her first to the ghetto, then to the train, and now, to the Polish countryside where she wanders, searching for food and water for her dying sister.Soon, Gretl finds refuge with Jakob, a Polish freedom fighter, and his family, where she is sheltered until the end of the war; Gretl is then sent away to a new life, a new name, and a new faith in Apartheid-era South Africa. As she comes of age in this strange place, she confronts its prejudices as she hides the truth of her past from her new family.When Jakob makes his way to South Africa many years later, Gretl and Jakob are reunited in a love story that transcends time and distance and survives the ravages of hatred and war"--
Publisher: Nashville :, Thomas Nelson,, c2015
ISBN: 9780529102379
Branch Call Number: FIC Joub
Characteristics: x, 370 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Silke, Elsa


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Nov 16, 2017

An enjoyable read! WWII was a dark, difficult time & this story showed the darkness yet offered refreshing light. This book should not be confused with "Girl on a Train" which only offered incredible darkness!

Aug 28, 2016

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

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).

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.

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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Jan 26, 2016

cgutierrez1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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