Relates a part of World War II history that I was certainly unfamiliar with, the effect of the war's end on ordinary German families far from the cities and the Nazi influence. The story follows the refugees who fled Germany when it was falling apart, and their voyage is filled with terror and loss. Two parallel stories describe a young Jewish man who escaped a train headed to a concentration camp and women liberated from the camps. The story occasionally bogs down in slowness, but is mostly gripping. The narrator does a good job voicing the different characters. A great choice if you enjoy historical fiction.
I thought I had learned or heard about all of the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazis in World War II. This book not only reminds one of the INSANE treatment and exterminations of human beings, but also tells the story of a normal, non-Jewish, German family. It's a side that I have often wondered about. How could regular German citizens ever have let this happen? How could they have followed and believed so blindly in Hitler?
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