REVIEW: The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert

The main characters are Gretl, a German girl with Jewish roots, and Jacob, a Polish, Catholic young man.  Gretl is the sole survivor in her family of a WWII train loaded with passengers, headed to a prison camp.  Her grandmother and mother make she and her sister jump from the train before it reaches it destination.  She’s about 10 years old when this happens.  The story follows her through the next 12 or so years as she grows up and bounces around from place to place and country to country.  It is certainly a survival story.  It shows the fortitude and courage of some of the youngest WWII, displaced persons.  The places Gretl goes are amazing to me.  The story revealed yet another side of WWII and its prejudices across the world.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me with an ARC for a review in my own words.


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