Many books have been written about the Kindertransport, but none have related as complete a history of the experience as has this publication that combines the three books “Goodbye Marianne,” “Remember Me,” and “Finding Sophie” in one omnibus volume. The first book starts with Marianne shocked by the sign on her school’s door informing her that Jewish students are no longer welcome, followed by an encounter in the park when a girl with whom she has shared her jump rope happily all afternoon, turns on her completely upon learning that Marianne is a Jew. Germany is becoming more dangerous each day. As a result of another child’s illness, Marianne’s mother has secured her a place on the life-saving train to Great Britain with a promise to follow as soon as possible. Just before departure, a woman throws in a rucksack followed by her little girl, seven-year-old Sophie, and asks eleven-year-old Marianne to look after her. The second book delves into the children’s experiences while waiting for their hosts and what happens to them in London and later when evacuated to Wales due to the blitz. By Book Three, Marianne’s mother has made it to England and the two teenagers happen to connect once more. Book Two is the most absorbing of the three books and reading it can sometime tear one’s heart out. They were great books when published separately and are even better combined. As librarian of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, not a day goes by when I do not speak to one or more Kindertransport members. This book will be very sought after, I am sure. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Escape From Berlin
Marcia W. Posner, Ph.D., of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, is the library and program director. An author and playwright herself, she loves reviewing for JBW and reading all the other reviews and articles in this marvelous periodical.
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