The Kommandant's Girl Author:Pam Jenoff Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days Emma's husband, Jacob, a fiery and independent scholar, is forced to disappear underground, leaving Emma and her parents imprisoned within the city's decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, she is sm... more »uggled out of the ghetto. Taken to Krakow to live with her husband's Catholic cousin, Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile. Emma's already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Georg Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who insists that Emma come work for him--a job she cannot refuse without arousing suspicion. Urged by the Resistance to use her position--and the kommandant's obvious romantic intentions--to gain access to details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must become perilously close to her enemy and, now is perpetual danger of being discovered, finds herself questioning loyalty and duty, fearful of risking here life and the lives of those she loves. Based in part on actual events, Pam Jenoff 's astonishing debut novel delivers unrelenting tension in an achingly beautiful account of a young woman forced to bend loyalties, deny truths and betray her own beliefs--a woman almost powerless against her extraordinary circumstances, who must decide which risks are worth taking and which vows are worth breaking.« less
This was a very good fictional book about Emma, a Jew, during WWII.
She lives in Poland and this story details her life before and after she is smuggled out of the ghetto. It relates how she and some relatives survive, and the sacrifices they must make and the dangers they must face.
Amazing read by a fantastic author. I have read this and the sequel to this book and both blew my away. I was so engrossed that I finished it in a couple days. I'd absolutely recommend to anyone, especially if you enjoy stories set in the WW2 time period. Very historically accurate.
First, let me say that I don't think this plot is very original. It sounds a lot like the movie "Black Book." It's a Dutch film where the main character is a Jewish girl working for the resistance to the Nazi's movement. She works for the high-ranking Nazi and seduces him.
That's the plot line of "Kommandant's Girl" in a nutshell. In any case, it had a good premise I thought, but somehow fell kind of flat. The character of Emma/Anna was just not well developed. I felt nothing for her. Even with the background of something as profound as The Holocaust taking place around her I failed to care what happened to her. I really can't describe this lack of emotion except that I didn't feel like Emma/Anna could be a real person. It was obvious that she was a complete work of fiction and I just could not bring myself to feel any attachment to her. Because of this, I failed to have any attachment to the story and I feel like that's saying a lot for a Holocaust book.
Let's face it, if you can read a book about any part of The Holocaust and NOT be moved to tears at some point, it's not written very well. I've read YA books about the Holocaust that were better written than this one.
I was just so torn over this book. I think I finished it because I kept WANTING to like it. In the end I decided that I didn't. Everything that happened in this book was predictable and the predictability made it boring.