The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

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Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks.

As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They intend to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl’s unscheduled train reaches the bomb first.

Gretl is the only survivor. Though spared from the concentration camp, the orphaned German Jew finds herself lost in a country hostile to her people. When Jakób discovers her, guilt and fatherly compassion prompt him to take her in. For three years, the young man and little girl form a bond over the secrets they must hide from his Catholic family.

But she can’t stay with him forever. Jakób sends Gretl to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families—so long as Gretl’s Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discovered.

Separated by continents, politics, religion, language, and years, Jakób and Gretl will likely never see each other again. But the events they have both survived and their belief that the human spirit can triumph over the ravages of war have formed a bond of love that no circumstances can overcome.

From the book :

Jakób Kowalski moved the heavy bag to his other shoulder. Flashes of lightning played sporadically among the dense clouds. It was their only source of light. The terrain was reasonably even underfoot, but as soon as they started the descent toward the river they would need to see where they were going. He ran his fingers through his black hair and screwed up his eyes.

“I can barely see a thing,” said Zygmund behind him. At odd intervals his voice still cracked. He was barely fifteen.

“And the rain is going to catch us,” Andrei complained. “Why do we have to do it tonight?”

“The coded message said the troop train will pass here just before daybreak, on its way back to Germany.” Jakób felt his patience wearing thin. The Home Army had given him two adolescents to help with this dangerous mission. “We must plant the bombs under the bridge before then.”

The Girl from the Train

About the Book

  • Book Name: The Girl From the Train
  • Author: Irma Joubert
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Language: English
  • File type: Epub
  • File size: 439 kb
  • Ratings: 4.10/5 (Goodreads.com)

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