( [EBOOK] The Last Train to London ) ´ Meg Waite Clayton – and–rey.us
35 stars ounded up to 4 stars As another worthy entry into the canon of World War II elated historical fiction this book focuses on the famous Kindertransport system that helped to transport thousands of children out of various part A beautifully written historical novel always compelling about the Vienna Kindertransport and its efforts to smuggle Jewish children out of Nazi held territory to safety in other countries in the years leading up to World War I The story follows Truus Wijsmuller
a Dutch woman a eal historical figure who worked tirelessly and Dutch woman a eal historical figure who worked tirelessly and great courage to save children and also two fictional characters living in Vienna Stephan a fifteen year old budding playwright and his friend Zofie Helene a mathematical genius whose mother edits an anti Nazi newspaper The story is told in short chapters moving from character to character and focusing on the apid and terrifying ise of Nazism and with it the attitudes of the public towards Jews and other minorities A truly excellent story and a particularly powerful ead in our current turbulent political times Sometimes a novel comes along that feels both ooted in history yet timelessly pertinent The Last Train to London is a brilliant and chilling eminder of history s lessons told urgently and sympathetically from the viewpoint of the children desperate to flee Hitler s egime and the women willing to isk all to save them Meg Waite Clayton s unflinching evocative prose brings the entwined destinies of Stephan ofie Helene and Truus to life The cruelties large and small inflicted by the Nazis on their chosen scapegoats echo ominously in today s world leading us to ponder the thin line separating bravery from indifference Yet The Last Train to London is also a eminder of love tenderness and friendship that blossoms despite tremendous isk Beautifully written and brimming with hope and gravitas this is a tale that will transport eaders to the edge of their seats even as the last Kinder Transport prepares against all odds to leave for London So excited that The Last Train to London A Novel which is now a national bestseller in the US Canada and Europe as well as a National Jewish Book Award finalist in now out in pa I eally enjoy eading historical fiction lately and I feel as if the genre has blown up in 2019 If you loved The Lost Girls of Paris or The Huntress I would definitely ecommend that you consider eading Meg Waite Clayton s The Last Train to London Based on the true story of Truus Wijsmuller aka Tante Truus a member of the Dutch esistance and her struggle to save innocent Jewish efugee children throughout Europe during the height of the Nazi egime s crimes against humanity Pre World War 2 While the story is emotionally driven at times I felt a major disconnect to the storyline in the first half of the story It was like there was a distance PLACED BETWEEN ME AND THE CHARACTERS between me and the characters I m unsure why I think that the story might have been a little too long for me to enjoy it fully and that placed a barrier between me and the emotional experience that the characters went through The story focuses on Tante Truus s Between the time I d shelved it and eserved it at the library and picking it up from the library I d forgotten than this was a historical fiction novel and not a non fiction book I had two others borrowed from the library novels at home with expected soon But this looked good enough to start This definitely ead like a novel and at the start had me ealizing how much I was in the mood for non fiction but to its credit I ended up loving it 4 12 starsThe titled chapters many very short did help make this a elatively uick ead It s in 4 parts with the 2nd part being by far the longest Part I The Time Before December 1936 Part II The Time Between March 1938 Part III The Time After January 1939 the dates being just the start of the sections and then Part IV And Thenjust 2 pages long and non fictionAlternating multiple stories with several sets of characters I just knew would be connected by the end and they were Very satisfyingly and skillfully done Despite being a before the Holocaust book the. The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Exiles conjures her best novel yet a pre World War II era story with the emotional esonance of Orphan Train and All the Light We Cannot See centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi occupied Europe and one brave woman who helped them escape to safetyIn 1936 the Nazi are little than loud brutish bores to fifteen year old Stephan Neuman the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s.
Meg Waite Clayton ì 7 SummaryErations ather than focusing on her in action While the information was appreciated since lending to authenticity it took away from the story and the characters At times they felt so far away from me because I felt clustered and weighed down in intentions ideas and procedures I wanted to be in my feelings but it didn t happenThe story was at a dull but tolerant trot until 65% on a Kindle in which the plot starts to build and the story starts to take flightbut it s almost over at that pointDuring the pre invasion there are details in this novel about degenerate art and artists For information egarding this topic I would highly ecommend the nonfiction book Hitler s Last Hostages Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich by Mary M LaneMany thanks to HarperCollins Edelweiss and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest eviewGeertruida WijsmullerAdolf Eichmann I ve ead many World War II books and it always amazes me when I am able to learn about someone who was a hero during this time but forgotten over time Truus Wijsmuller a member of the Dutch esistance was a eal hero Through her determination and bravery she was
able to bring over ten thousand children from the German occupied areas of Europe to safety in Englandto bring over ten thousand children from the German occupied areas of Europe to safety in England died in 1978 at 82 years of ageThe book begins in 1936 Germany has gotten stronger and Truus has begun to escue small numbers of Jewish children The two main characters are young teenagers who live in Vienna and are living their lives in the carefree way of the young Fifteen year old Stephan Neuman the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright lives in a huge home with his parents and younger brother Stephan s best friend and companion is the brilliant ofie Helene a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive anti Nazi newspaper In March 1938 their lives change drastically when the Germans invade Austria Truus ealizes that she needs to get a large number of children out of Austria for their safety and arranges a meeting with Adolf Eichmann He tells her that 600 children can get on the train headed to England not 599 and not 601 but they must travel on the Sabbath which makes the escue even difficult to arrange Will Truus be able to escue Stephan and Zofie and keep them safe or will they be forced to stay "IN AUSTRIA AND FACE AN UNKNOWN AND PERILOUS FUTURETHIS "Austria and face an unknown and perilous futureThis was beautifully written and well esearched I loved all three of the main characters they were all brave and cared deeply about their families and other people Truus was a eal hero but the other heroes were the parents who sent their children away knowing that they would probably never see them again so that they could be safe This book made my cry because the characters were so eal and I cared deeply about their futures Author Karen Fowler said this about The Last Train to London Recommend this book to anyone who thinks no single person can make a difference Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to ead and eview All opinions are my own Haunting heartwrenching and heroicThe Last Train to London is a compelling emotional interpretation of the life of Geertruida Wijsmuller a Dutch Christian who as part of the Kindertransport escue efforts helped transport close to 10000 predominantly Jewish children out of Nazi occupied European cities to the UK for safety just prior to the breakout of WWIIThe prose is tense and expressive The characters are vulnerable innocent and courageous And the plot set in Austria during the late 1930s is an exceptionally moving tale about life love strength bravery familial elatio I may be approaching WWII historical burnout There is no doubt that Truus Wijsmuller was a heroine of WWII She as part of the Dutch esistance saved thousands of Jewish children from certain death as part of the Kindertransport The story is told from the perspectives of Wisjmuller a fifteen year old Jewish boy and his best friend a Christian girl as the Nazis come into power Read this if you want to know about a courageous women who faced down Eichmann and outsmarted Nazis I may go back to eading nonfiction since this fell a bit flat for F Austria as across Europe countries close their borders to the growing number of efugees desperate to escapeTante Truus as she is known is determined to save as many children as she can After Britain passes a measure to take in at isk child efugees from the German Reich she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann the man who would later help devise the “Final Solution to the Jewish uestion” in a ace against time to bring children like Stephan his young brother Walter and Žofie Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future abroad. Re is an awful lot of atrocities and persecution that
happen I could feel the fear and the elief and the love and the sadness and the horror I lovedI could feel the fear and the elief and the love and the sadness and the horror I loved many of the characters I especially loved ofie Helene the math genius and Stephen Neuman the playwright and wonderful older brother and Tante Truus and many others too I could say so much about these three well developed characters and the other characters too There are some good villains too including some heartbreakingly young and "Eichmann plays a chilling ole I have an audio edition on hold specifically "plays a chilling ole I have an audio edition on hold specifically learn the correct pronunciation of many names I d loved to have ead the paper and audio editions simultaneously but the audio isn t yet available to me I particularly want to know how ofie Helene is pronounced Also Truus and her full name Hopefully the narrator will correctly pronounce the German Austrian and Dutch names I did get a kick out of Adele Weiss being pronounced edelweiss like the flower and later the song in the The Sound of Music but I want to make sure I understood that correctly The story and characters touched my heart There is incredible suspense Harrowing It s a page turner I did stay up to the middle of the night to finish it It was predictable in some ways yet not at all in other ways My emotions an the gamut as I ead It s an excellent novel I loved the dedication at the beginning and loved and appreciated the acknowledgments section at the end The author does explain a bit about what in the story
IS NON FICTION AND WHERE SHEnon fiction and where she liberties for the sake of the fictional story I am grateful for that although much would be easy to look up I was too mesmerized by the story to take time to fact check even though I was curious at times One sentence in the acknowledgments broke my heart I have ead a fair amount about the Kindertransport but learned about a part of it from this novel This is a fine addition to the historical fiction Holocaust genre For some eason I thought friends here had already ead this I ve seen so much about it here but I m now seeing this is not the case I highly ecommend it I m glad I ead it instead of the non fiction book I d thought I preferred I m going to check out this author s other books and if any of their topics appeal to me I will add them to my to ead shelf This novel is based on the organization and implementation of the eal Vienna Kindertransport that was led by Geertruida Wijsmuller This fictional story occurs prior to 1940 and primarily happens during 1938 We see a Dutch couple Truus Geertruida and her husband Joop Wijsmuller who are childless Truus is a brave and outspoken woman who isks her life countless time to seek efuge for helpless children We also see the ich Jewish family of Stephan who is stripped of everything once the Germans invade Austria There is the family of Zophie Stephan s best friend whose mother is a journalist eporting the true crimes of the Nazi s and eventually is on the un And there is also Adolf Eichmann the Nazi in charge of idding Germany of its Jewish population through emigration Beginning in 1936 we see the pre invasion environment of Austria through the eyes of Stephan and Zophie The e culturing that Hitler aimed to achieve is a common topic of discussion in Stephan s household among his parents and family members who are strong admirers of art Soon after the Nazi s have began assaulting their culture German soldiers in their brown shirts with swastikas march in while Stephan and Zophie ehearsing a play How will Zophie an Aryan eact when Stephan is treated with brutality by Nazi s Meanwhile after invasion Truus plans to transport a large number of children in danger to London It was hard for me to get invested in this story There were too many characters in motion for me to get attached and emotional With the chapters being so short it also took a long time to get to know them There was too much dialogue between Truus and Joop that was about everyday things which overcrowded their character It felt like too much information was included about the planning process and mundane arbitrary paperwork that went into Truus op. Streets to its intricate underground tunnels Stephan’s best friend and companion is the brilliant Žofie Helene a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive anti Nazi newspaper But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis’ take controlThere is hope in the darkness though Truus Wijsmuller a member of the Dutch esistance isks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them It is a mission that becomes even dangerous after the Anschluss Hitler’s annexation ,