Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill  at  Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.   

 This week I am waiting for:

Paperback, 384 pages
November 3, 2015  by Thomas Nelson 
(though this might be a re-release)

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks.

As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean 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 home. 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.

What are you waiting for?


  1. Haven't heard of this, but it sounds really good! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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  2. Wow! This one sounds good! Adding it to my list!

  3. I haven't heard of this one but not sure I could read it. I've read a lot of Holocaust-centric fiction and my grandparents both survived the Holocaust so it always hits close to home. I think I'd need to wait to see the reviews for this one. But thanks for sharing!

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