June Readalong: Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

At War Through the Generations, Anna and I have chosen to read Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum for our June read-a-long.

We hope you will join us for discussions each Friday starting June 9.

About the book:

For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy’s sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer. Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the heartbreaking truth of her mother’s life. Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.

Discussions will be held every Friday as follows, and as always, we encourage you to share your thoughts and even pose your own questions.

June 9: Discussion of Prologue – Chapter 15

June 16: Discussion of Chapters 16-29

June 23: Discussion of Chapters 30-45

June 30: Discussion of Chapters 46 – End

We look forward to reading what sounds to be a fantastic book, and hope you will join us!


  1. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says

    I hope we get some people to join us, but if not, I know we’ll still have a great discussion!

  2. I would have liked to join the read-a-long but my month of June is too full. Enjoy the book!

  3. I’ve heard so many good things about this book. Will try to see if I can get a copy from the library in time to join!

  4. The stories were always heart breaking and there is always a fresh perspective on the Wars despite literally dozens of books written about this era.

  5. Suko http://www.sukosnotebook says

    Serena, I’ve located this book in my stacks, and am hoping to read some of it, although I am currently reading other books. I look forward to reading the discussions about it, even if I only manage to read a few pages of it this month.

    Have a terrific weekend!