Based on true events, The Last Train to London tells the story of a Dutchwoman who, working with British and Austrian Jews, faces down Adolf Eichmann to rescue thousands of children from Nazi-occupied Vienna. In 1936, the Nazis are little more than brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family, and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan’s best friend, brilliant Žofie-Helene, is a Christian whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis’ take control. Dutchwoman Truus Wijsmuller risks her life, smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany — a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss, as borders close to refugees desperate to escape the Reich. After Britain passes a measure to take in child refugees, “Tante Truus” dares to approach Adolf Eichmann in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future. This book will be published in over a dozen countries.
The Last Train to London: A Novel
The Last Train to London is a beautifully written book about the Kindertransport and the terrible events that led up to it. It is the story of one amazing Dutch woman who risked her life to bring mostly Jewish children to Holland so they could reach safety in England. The book gives a clear picture of what life was like under the Reich. It shows that rich and poor and the sick and dying were all punished for the sin of being Jewish and how no one was punished for torturing, stealing from and murdering the victims. It also tells the story of how parents and children sacrificed for each other.
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