I recently learned about Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (I can't remember how – Page-A-Day Calendar? a blog?) and I am surprised I hadn't heard of it before. Sounds like it's a pretty well-known book, and it has gotten great reviews.
From Amazon (and Booklist):
Family secrets of Nazi Germany are at the core of this powerful first novel told in two narratives that alternate between New Heidelberg, Minnesota, in the present, and the small town of Weimar near Buchenwald during World War II. Trudy is a professor of German history in Minnesota, where she's teaching a seminar on women's roles in Nazi Germany and conducting interviews with Germans about how they're dealing with what they did during the war. But her mother, Anna, won't talk about it, not even to her own daughter. Trudy knows, she remembers, that Anna was mistress to a big Nazi camp officer. Why did she do it? Was he Trudy's father? The interviews are a plot contrivance to introduce a range of attitudes, from blatant racism to crippling survivor guilt. But the characters, then and now, are drawn with rare complexity, including a brave, gloomy, unlucky rescuer and a wheeler-dealer survivor. Anna's story is a gripping mystery in a page-turner that raises universal questions of shame, guilt, and personal responsibility.
The Wrinkled Page blog says, "The story was riveting, at turns touching and beautiful and horrifying. It is the story of what people do to survive, what they come to feel for those who save them, and how they come to terms with the after-effects of their decisions."
Such a Pretty Face blog says she "read this 479 page book in 2 days."
Murphy's Law blog has an interview with Jenna Blum here.
This sounds like a book worth reading. EDIWTB readers – can anyone weigh in?