The Girl From the Train

The Girl From the Train

eBook - 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: 2015
ISBN: 9780529102928
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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