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The Kommandant's Girl
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 »
ISBN-13: 9780778323426
ISBN-10: 0778323420
Publication Date: 3/1/2007
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 118 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 17
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Helpful Score: 9
Best book about WW2 I have read. One of those books that you want others to read so you can discuss it.
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Helpful Score: 7
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.
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excellent read about the Holocaust and the will to survive. Was sad to see the book end when it did. Wanted to know more of what happened to Emma and Lukasz.
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Helpful Score: 3
An intriguing enough story line to keep you reading although a few of the scenerios are just a little too coincidental. Also the author needs to research more into the development of children. Anyway, all in all, it was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it.
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very intense non-traditional love story,amid extreme danger.
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Easy reading. Could have been more in depth. Good relation to characters. Was easy to anticipate. No surprises.
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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.

A huge disappointment.