The Girl from the Train

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Thomas Nelson, 2015 - Afrikaans fiction - 398 pages
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"As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They intend to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first. Gretl is the only survivor. Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself lost in a country hostile to her people. When Jakób discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her in. For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic family. But she can't stay with him forever. Jakób sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families--so long as Gretl's Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discovered. Separated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jakób and Gretl will likely never see each other again. But the events they have both survived and their belief that the human spirit can triumph over the ravages of war have formed a bond of love that no circumstances can overcome."--Page 4 of cover.

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User Review  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz, when she manages to escape out a small window, leaving her mother and grandmother trapped on board. Meanwhile, Jakób Kowalski, a member of ... Read full review

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This is the 1st Irma Joubert book, and 1st book set in South Africa that I've read and must say I enjoyed it very much. As I love the WWII genre as every story I read seems to give me a glimse into ... Read full review

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