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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...
©2007 Pam Jenoff (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Stevon on 11-19-15

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Simone on 07-26-14

Not As Good As I Hoped

Overall the story is a good one, but I still had trouble with a lot of it.

My biggest issue is that I just didn’t buy the chemistry between the Kommandant and his Girl, and since that’s the entire point of the book it made it hard to get into. I had to suspend my disbelief and just take her word for it that she was “hot for the Nazi” as opposed to really sensing her dilemma.

I also found the ending too contrived; I don’t want to give it away, but suffice it to say it was all a little too neat.

Nevertheless I was interested in the characters enough to get the sequel (The Diplomat’s Wife), and I am starting it right away.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph on 03-09-09

the Kommandants Girls

Exellent book - I could stop listening to it, It covered love tragedy, friendship and adventure. The plight of the Jews in Poland during WW II - I would recomend this book to everyone.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Hungryhorse on 05-31-18

Amazing Story

Totally compulsive listening cannot emphasise enough the quality of this story. Do take this story.

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