A true story of survival and the dominance of the human spirit. (I understand-that would be hard to fit all that in the book title.) The writing style is similar to journal entries switching back and forth between Agnes and Gustav. by I had to wipe tears away because I can't even comprehend the feelings she must have felt at that moment. The book was hard to put down - I kept wondering how Gustav and Agnes would meet. The period footage from DC archives used in the film is excellent and supports and even carries Jutta's story in many places. There were a lot of horrible things that happened but I felt like they were told with no emotion at all.
Such an incredible story of two WWII survivors, brought together by fate. Wonderful World War II book. Then the Jewish girl who had to endure so much, losing her family and all that she had. They are the cooks for the camp. Yet, at different moments of crisis, each acted on a prompting from the Holy Ghost that made all the difference. With Jutta Cords, Christopher Karl Johnson, Jim Tavaré. They face almost certain death, yet luck and love shine upon them as they outwit Nazi terror and become the first couple married in post-war Berlin. After being forced to guard a Nazi prison camp, however, Gustav took his only option for escape: he volunteered for the Waffen-SS to fight at the front. I didn't feel like I really heard their individual voices. The downside of the book was the lack of emotion and detail in the parts of the story that most interested me, particularly their lo.
Really enjoyed this book. I have so much to ponder because of this book. I did enjoy the book. Overall I thought their stories were amazing and i loved that they got through all of it and found each other and the. I was excited to get to the part where they finally meet and it was skimmed over so quickly that I was disappointed.
Both suffered and both felt their lives were miraculously spared.
This was a very interesting true account of two World War II survivors.
It was fascinating to see perspectives on both sides of the war. I learned so much about the war and saw how not only the Jews were victims but those who were forced into serving in the army. (2010). The very real fear that Agnes had of losing her family and the peaceful existence they had made for themselves at last.
Their faith is inspiring. The story is incredible! But here goes. Use the HTML below. Add the first question. It is a very well told story of one uncommon family's uncommon survival of unique circumstances in Hitler's Berlin.
Follows a Hungarian girl (Christian, but of Jewish ethnicity) from her childhood, then as she goes to a ghetto, and to concentration camps, is miraculously saved multiple times, keeps her faith, and survives the war. So, so good! They left Austia because they didnt want to be reminded of the horror that happened there. A Jewish teenager and an injured soldier join a doomed plot to kill Hitler. I enjoyed hearing the story told from both perspectives and witnessing God's hand in their lives. Though Jack was Jewish, his family was not particularly religious and he knew little about his religion. Those who endured the trials are loath to explain more than the essentials, and writers who don't wish to invent details, feelings and meaning, are stymied by the lack of substance. Through the experiences of a young Polish boy named Jack Mandelbaum, Surviving Hitler explores concepts such as prejudice They have the most valued job. The cool part of the book is that there are definite angels found in their lives-seen and unseen. I am humbled by their goodness, determination and family motto/crest--- "Overcoming through love". This book is the first to tell the side-by-side accounts of an SS soldier and a Jewish prisoner of war that I have read. It was truly interesting. Each left alone after the war, they were able to find each other and the Church of Jesus Christ. Since Hitler's name is in the title, I thought he might actually play a more direct role in the story as well. I wish I could express in beautiful writing how much I loved this book, because it deserves that. I'm glad I read it!
The Best TV Shows About Being in Your 30s. I especially love Agnes and her strength and grit.
This is what made it very hard for me to read: particularly the scenes from near the end of and right after the end of the war. They had very different religious upbringing. This is truly an incredible story. Gustav was in Norway when it was invaded. Unfortunately I was born with the gift of "gab" and not the gift of "writing". Truth is sometimes more amazing than fiction. The back and forth between Agnes' and Gustav's voices and experiences was sometimes confusing if I wasn't paying close attention. Hitler was planning attacks on certain countries at the time like Poland,Switzerland,Greece,Italy,and Hungray.Then they attacked Austria where Jack and his family was.Afterwards they went to several daeth camps.After being split up with his family, at his last concentration camp he met a person name Moniek who would become his best friend and they would help each other threw this rough journey. Gustav was a young man just trying to make his way in the world but was extremely disappointed when he found what his government actually wanted from him.
I found the writing, however solid, to be lacking in depth and characterization. I have decided to stick with love.Hate is too great a burden to bear"(Martin Luther King Jr.), JackMoniekSamMaxCesiaJakobJadziaUncle Sigmund. When Agnes tells how Gustar did as the Book of Mormon told him to do and prayed about what he was learning, I couldn't help but remember our own experiences as missionaries. It was a good reminder that it was not just the Jews that were mistreated and persecuted. The interesting part to me was to see these young people come into the church and go about their church assignments. Gustav was in Norway when it was invaded. While trying to rebuild their lives, these 2 meet and marry and raise 5 children. This book is the first to tell the side-by-side accounts of an SS soldier and a Jewish prisoner of war that I have read. From the title and cover, I expected it to be about two people who meet during the war who, though on opposite sides, are irresistibly drawn to each other, possibly with him as a guard and her as an inmate at a concentration camp. I just wish more could have been revealed, so I could identify with the main characters.
Wonderful World War II book. Sometimes the writing was slow and I wish there was more explanation into how they overcame all the emotional scars of war. Although the promotional material implies that the idea of a concentration-camp survivor and an SS soldier finding love poses near-insurmountable problems, as it happened, Gustav Palm was never involved in the persecution of Jews--he was purely a soldier--and was never a committed National Socialist, having joined the German military after the occupation of Norway and in ignorance of much of the Nazi agenda--and once he learned of it, he was not allowed to resign from the army. Looking for something to watch? Those who endured the trials are loath to explain more than the essentials, and writers who don't wish to invent details, feelings and meaning, are stymied by the lack of substance. It is amazing to read their accounts of how they survived the war and eventually meet each other and were married. July 7th 2014
It may not be as intense as surviving Nazi concentration camps and fighting on the front lines of WWII, but we have some challenges and some successes in the last half of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st that our posterity may be interested in 50 to 100 years from now. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show.
I have said this before in many a review but it is hard to write reviews on survivor stories. They were both sheltered from politics and ethics, but in very different ways.
This book was incredibly difficult for me to read. But I was not expecting the reaction I had either - I know plenty about that time and few revelations, few viewpoints surprise me anymore.
I liked it. A magnificent story of courage, love, and perseverance. Since Hitler's name is in the title, I thought he might actually play a more direct role in the story as well. Surviving Hitler teaches students why, how, what, when, and where the Holocaust took place. One sees that captivity can come in many forms.
I found myself sometimes having to start a section over when I would get confused and realized I wasn't picturing the right person.
Surviving Hitler Summary Jack Mandelbaum was 12 years old when the Nazis invaded his native Poland in 1939. This true account shows how both Gustav and Agnes were victims of Hitler and his regime. In fact, I just had to skip over some parts because it was just too painful and horri. Agnes was sent to a concentration camp when Hungary was invaded because, although a practicing Catholic, she was of Jewish descent. Some people fall in love. The writing style is similar to journal entries switching back and forth between Agnes and Gustav. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Also, one learns from these pages that action rather than reaction, love of family, love of mankind, forgiveness, and service can open unexpected doors. An SS soldier and Jewish woman survive the battlefield and concentration camps after multiple near death experiences, and ultimately meet, fall in love, get married, and join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were both sheltered from politics and ethics, but in very different ways.
I loved hearing both perspectives from the war. Despite some gray areas I noticed, which gave birth to 2-3 questions in my mind during the film, which were skipped over by the filmmakers or maybe lost in the cutting room, Surviving Hitler is a very tightly knit film, poignantly told, and entirely devoid of hatred, glorification, guilt or vindictiveness so often expressed by the contemporary filmmakers, who take on this subject matter or even Holocaust era survivors, of either side.