The German Girl

The German Girl

Book - 2016
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Before everything changed, young Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; her family's fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: whatever the future has in store for them, they'll meet it together. Hope appears in the form of the SS St. Louis , a transatlantic liner offering Jews safe passage out of Germany. After a frantic search to obtain visas, the Rosenthals and the Martins depart on the luxurious ship bound for Havana. Life on board the St. Louis is like a surreal holiday for the refugees, with masquerade balls, exquisite meals, and polite, respectful service. But soon ominous rumors from Cuba undermine the passengers' fragile sense of safety. From one day to the next, impossible choices are offered, unthinkable sacrifices are made, and the ship that once was their salvation seems likely to become their doom. Seven decades later in New York City, on her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a strange package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah. Its contents will inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family's mysterious and tragic past, a quest that will help Anna understand her place and her purpose in the world. The German Girl sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2016
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501121142
1501121146
9781501121234
1501121235
Characteristics: 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Caistor, Nick - Translator

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VaughanPLDavidB Aug 28, 2019

For anyone familiar with the plight of Jews in Europe in the 20th century, and with Holocaust literature, this book sheds little new light on the conditions they suffered, although it does remind the reader of a particularly shameful historic incident (for Cuba, the US and Canada), with the passenger liner the St. Louis, which, with its full load of Jewish refugees, was turned away from all three countries and forced to return to Europe. It is an otherwise unremarkable story. It would have been a better story if it had followed the St. Louis on its odyssey rather than focus on one family in Cuba.

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OP_2
Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / May 2017

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Havanacat
Jan 25, 2019

People. A Holocaust story based on the real-life, ill-fated journey of the St. Louis ship.

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PatrickT
Jan 19, 2019

Good story. A mix of fact and fiction.

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maipenrai
Jan 16, 2019

Knowing the story of the ship St. Louis, I thought that a book about the turning away of a ship with Jews escaping the Nazis by Cuba, Canada and the United States was enough of a story in itself. Adding other complex story lines seemed a bit like overkill to me. Mild recommendation Kristi & Abby Tabby

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unicorn1
May 20, 2018

After being refused entry to Cuba, this ship went on to the US and Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it was also refused entry and forced to return to Europe and eventually to Germany. As it was just before the start of the Second World War, more than 200 of its passengers went on to die in the Holocaust. It is an especially relevant read as Prime Minister Trudeau is apologizing to the Jewish people for refusing their entry and condemning the ship to return to Europe in the House of Commons today (November 7, 2018). In addition to its relevance, it is a very good read, although the outcome is sad and shameful.

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Ravenpicks13
Jan 10, 2018

This book is great on so many levels. It tells a fiction story that is based on fact. I was going to read 50 pages couldn't put it down. It is a worth it read.

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Zoelexi777
Nov 28, 2017

I loved this book. It was really hard to put down. It follows several generations and zeros in on Hannah and Anna. A great read.

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ll58057
Jul 17, 2017

Loved this first effort by Armando Lucas Correa. It tells the story of Hannah and her escape from Nazi Germany with her family in 1939 on the ill-fated transatlantic liner St. Louis. It follows the family for several generations spending their lives in Havana, Cuba and the times in that tumultuous country. An excellent read that is hard to put down

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maipenrai
Jul 01, 2017

Audiobook requested thru MNLINK

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