Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

by Leslie Maitland
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Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed by Leslie Maitland

   On a pier in Marseille in 1942, with desperate refugees pressing to board one of the last ships to escape France before the Nazis choked off its ports, an 18-year-old German Jewish girl was pried from the arms of the Catholic Frenchman she loved and promised to marry.  As the Lipari carried Janine and her family to Casablanca on the first leg of a perilous journey to safety in Cuba, she would read through her tears the farewell letter that Roland had slipped in her pocket: “Whatever the length of our separation, our love will survive it, because it depends on us alone. I give you my vow that whatever the time we must wait, you will be my wife. Never forget, never doubt.” 
   Five years later – her fierce desire to reunite with Roland first obstructed by war and then, in secret, by her father and brother – Janine would build a new life in New York with a dynamic American husband.  That his obsession with Ayn Rand tormented their marriage was just one of the reasons she never ceased yearning to reclaim her lost love.  
   Investigative reporter Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book is both a journalist’s vivid depiction of a world at war and a daughter’s pursuit of a haunting question: what had become of the handsome Frenchman whose picture her mother continued to treasure almost fifty years after they parted? It is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time.

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ISBN-13: 9781590514979
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 222,557
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter and national correspondent who covered the Justice Department. She appears regularly on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss literature. She lives with her husband in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Furtzmacher More than 1 year ago
The history is spot on. And more than most Holocaust era remembrances, this one weaves a narrative not just in the black and white of good and evil, but in the multi-hued texture of life in a world gone mad. The book ostensibly weaves an absolutely story of first love lost and re-found as it slipped from the protagonists grasp with Hitler's rise, occupation, deportation, emigration, immigration, and, eventually, love refound 60 years later on another continent. If it were a novel, it would be described as epic. But every word is true, so its best described as astonishing! The author brings a reporters sensibility to the facts, while bringing an almost cinematographic touch to the narrative. All-in-all, a great work of history, truth and narrative -- and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets optioned to Hollywood, too! Read it now, and get ahead of the curve!
Parsquire More than 1 year ago
This well researched biographical tale reads like a novel. It tells gripping the tale of the heroic escape of a young girl and her family from the Nazis in Germany and France and the ensuing 60 years in the context of lost love and the desire to find it again. I was heavily invested in the characters and felt like I knew them. I highly recommend the book and can't wait to see the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leslie Maitland is a prize winning journalist who writes the history of her family as they must leave their home in Freiberg, Germany during WWII. Their journey takes them to France, to Cuba and ultimately to the United States. It is so beautifully written and gives such insight to what happens to Jewish families, their friends and loved ones who do manage to escape the brutality of the Nazi's. This family lost their business, their home, and so much more. Maitland's mother Janine leaves behind the love of her life, Roland. She marries Maitland's father Len who has a story of his own, but never forgets Roland and shares her stories with Maitland. The investigative reporting of this story results in this beautiful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the pages of information about the dislocation of the Jewish population is interesting, it is not new, and others have presented better and more scholarly accounts. The love affair, which is billed as the central story, is basically non-existent. Very disappointing and not as advertised.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started to read this story because, as a first generation American descendant of German Jewish immigrants, there were many aspects of this story similar to that of my own family. However, I quit reading half way through because it got too mired in detail and history. I am not a history buff but I have always been drawn to stories about the holocaust because of my own background. My preference is stories that involve relationships and experiences and i thought this would focus much more on that. I just couldn't stick it through to get to the rest of the story. I found it redundant and difficult to read. However, it is an amazing an moving story about a tragic time, which is why I gave it 3 stars.
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Great history lesson and love story.
JFrances More than 1 year ago
Powerful. While retrospect gives us 20/20, while in the throws of the present, decisions and behavior are not black and white. Anyone who has been through anything significant empathizes with the couple in love and their unfortunate timing. While the love story is always primary, the author does a magnificent job of detailing the horrors of the holocaust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read a condensed version and although it was good it did not do it justice the original version was much better. Very interesting book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't read love stories but this one laid me flat out reading non-stop for two days. I just could not put it down. Leslie Maitland has done a spectacular job of relaying her family history. It is amazing that more people do not talk about the war. I remember a neighbor when I was a child who was a GI and how he never talked about it...even then I wanted information that never came. The realities of the suffering that people went through should be revealed. There are terrible web sites today that insinuate that the Holocost never happened, that it is a Jewish plot! There are young people out there that believe that. I am shocked that anyone sane would seriously think that way and that is why more stories like this need to be told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the history details writen from a personal experience. As far as the love story, I thought the behavior was a little foolish. If Janine really loved Roland, she should have not let her family interfere. Once she decided on Len, she should have not discussed her other love. As to the later affair, 50 years later, while he is married, really stupid, going no where.
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StacieRosePittard More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this story. I gained so much history on a subject I thought I already knew so much about (the holocaust), while also enjoying a heartfelt (true) love story. This book is professionally written, easy to follow, and very, very interesting. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a book pack jammed with history, romance, and an interesting biography.
CathiMD More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read!!! Well researched, hard to put down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great time-period read of love lost in WW II? Being a true story and seeing the pictures really made it more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing true story. Some might not like all the detail, but it's amazing to me that the family kept so much fo the documentation!
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