Those Who Save Us

  • by Jenna Blum
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Trudy, a college history professor, is collecting oral histories from World War II survivors (both German and Jewish). Her mother, Anna, refuses to talk to her, but Anna's story is revealed in flashback. She conducted an affair with a Jewish baker who was summarily killed. Afterward, Anna caught the eye of a high-ranking Nazi officer. She was coerced into an abusive affair with him, which she went along with in order to ensure her survival - and that of her baby.


What the Critics Say

"Blum's spare imagery is nightmarish and intimate, imbuing familiar panoramas of Nazi atrocity with stark new power. This is a poised, hair-raising debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"An absorbing tale of two women's struggles with the burdens and responsibilities of remembrance." (The Boston Globe)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I was hooked on this book from the beginning. It delt with two major topics, that of survivors guilt and of judging others. It was interesting to see this horrible time in history tackled in a different way. The character development was excellent and the story kept me anxiously waiting to see when and if Anna would finally tell Trudie about her past. I highly recommend it!
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- Taryn "Addicted to Audible!"

Well done

I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story. The characters were very well developed and the readings by Francisco Rivela were excellent- great accents and just a great story. A disturbing but enlightening insight into the role of German women during Nazi Germany. Would highly recommend this book.
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- DIANE "I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books