The Last Train to London

The Last Train to London

A Novel

Large Print - 2020
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"In 1936, the Nazis are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, 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 and companion is the brilliant Žofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents' carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis' take control. There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. It is a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss - Hitler's annexation of Austria - as, across Europe, countries close their borders to the growing number of refugees desperate to escape. Tante Truus, as she is known, is determined to save as many children as she can. After Britain passes a measure to take in at-risk child refugees from the German Reich, she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question," in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his young brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future abroad"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2020
Edition: Large Print edition
Description: 622 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781643585512
Branch Call Number: LP Clay
Additional Contributors: Clayton, Meg Waite. Last train to London


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Feb 27, 2021

This book is slow to start as others have mentioned and you must reach 3/4 of the book before understanding what Truus, a woman from the Netherlands, has in common with Nathan and Walter Neuman, two young Jewish children whose rich family is stripped from all of its wealth by Hitler’s Reich following the 1938 invasion of Austria. The story is one of love, courage, cruelty and determination. Partly based on the true story of Geertruida Truus) Wijsmuller.

ArapahoeKathy Nov 05, 2020

This book had a slow start. It has a lot of characters and it took awhile to set up the several different stories being told. It is written with very short chapters. However, it's worth reading this amazing historical story.

Oct 31, 2020

A compellingly beautiful true story about the horrific and tragic history of Austria prior to WWII. The characters portrayed in this touching story of love, commitment and devotion all lead to acts of heroism that few could comprehend in today's world.
Highly recommended.

Oct 04, 2020

could not get into this book at all. too many characters and confusing. did not finish.

Oct 03, 2020

4 1/2 star read. This was the first book by Clayton I have read and I really enjoyed the read. The book builds slowly and creeps along so subtly that you are engrossed in the stories without realizing it. Stephan is a 15 year old boy in Vienna, the son of a wealthy family in the chocolate business. His best friend is Zofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother is the editor of a newspaper. Hitler invades Austria and the lives of everyone change. Stephan's family is removed from their business and their home is taken over by Nazis. Zofie-Helene's mother is arrested. But there is a woman in Holland, Truus Wijsmuller, who is bound and determined to get children out from under the Nazi boot and transport them to safety. Based on real people, this book telling about the Kindertransport was a truly wonderful read.

Sep 28, 2020

Slow to start but what an amazing story please keep tissues on hand!!!!!!

Sep 01, 2020

I loved this book! A lot of previous books I read take place as the war has already started. But this one paints a picture of what happened right before. It’s crazy that children ever had to witness something so evil. I love how it’s based on a true Dutch heroin. She would’ve really rocked the boat in her time.

martins_mom Aug 11, 2020

Wow! Readers of “Sarah’s Key” and “The Tatooist of Auschwitz” should read this one, based on the true story of a Dutch woman who rescued Jewish children from Germany and Austria, and was instrumental in setting up the Kindertransports to Britain. The historical facts are seamlessly interwoven with the lives of several young fictional characters whose situations seem very real.

Jul 09, 2020

I listened to the audiobook. Sometimes a bit hard to follow several stories at once. However, it’s beautifully told, powerful, scary all at once. Worth the effort to work at gettin “into” the book.

Mar 23, 2020

Agonizingly poignant. Something that must be read about, but nothing that should ever be necessary again. Waite treats the subject with delicacy.

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ArapahoeKathy Nov 05, 2020

“My father used to say courage isn't the absence of fear, but rather going forward in the face of it.”

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