Kommandant's Girl : The Kommandant's Girl

  • by Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by Rachel Botchan
  • Series: The Kommandant's Girl
  • 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

September 1939. Overnight, Jewish 19-year-old Emma Bau's world is turned upside down when Germany invades Poland. And after only six weeks of marriage, her husband Jacob, a member of the Resistance, is forced to flee. Escaping the ghetto, Emma assumes a new, Christian identity and finds work at Nazi headquarters. As secretary to the charismatic Kommandant Richwalder, Emma vows to use her unique position to gather intelligence for the Resistance - by any means necessary...


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quite the story

First time author for me, debut novel for the author, Pam Janoff, and recommended by Iowa author Heather Gudenkauf. In researching the author I learned she at one time worked for the US State Department and was posted in Krakow, Poland, which is where this story is set. She evidently got some of the background for this story during that time. At the start of the story, young Polish Jew Emma gets married one month before the Nazi invasion of Poland. Just days after her husband takes off to be part of the Jewish Resistance. Her parents are put in the Jewish Ghetto of Krakow. Then Emma is asked to masquerade as a young Catholic girl named Anna and eventually gets hired to be the personal assistant to the Nazi Kommendant of Krakow. She is further asked by the Resistance to get whatever intelligence she can to help the cause. The story evolves from there with Emma/Anna forced to make gut wrenching, heart wrenching choices to help those she loves. Not really a thriller but with a good amount of suspense, this is more a human interest story that gives you a sense of trepidation the further you get into the story. This story reminds me that even today many people in the world are being asked to make tough choices that make no sense as to why they must even consider them. A good, thought provoking warm story. I really enjoyed it.
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- Stevon "I love books!"


What was most disappointing about Pam Jenoff’s story?

poor character development. Didn't really care about any of the characters. Couldn't understand why in the world the Kommandant would be in love with someone as wooden as Anna.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Loved the idea of the book.

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- ZoeBug

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-25-2008
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks