Wildflowers of Terezin

Wildflowers of Terezin

by Robert Elmer
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Wildflowers of Terezin 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
A_J_Hawke More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I was hesitant to open the newest entry from multi-published Robert Elmer. Not because of the author, who has several adult novels and a non-fiction under his belt, and has already proven his ability to write. My concern was the time and place Wildflowers of Terezin. The suffering of WWII can be too graphic. But I was intrigued by the setting, Denmark. My ignorance never ceases to amaze me and here I found another aspect of it. I found knew nothing of the Danish people during WWII and Danish Jews. The story of Steffen and other characters revealed an epoch in the broad canvas of that terrible war. Word of caution, the beginning was a little dull, mostly Steffen. He couldn't seem to comprehend the evil loose in the world. I wanted to slap him. "Wake up. Don't you understand the danger?" Many people didn't understand until it was upon them. I found the character believable. But once he did see the terror approaching he acted, putting himself in danger. It was fascinating to confirm the historical facts of the bravery of the Danes in helping to save thousands of their citizens. A good read, I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WWII books, concentration-camp books, and love stories are all rather predictable by now, but this one was unusual. Because it didn't follow the "usual" formulas, I enjoyed reading it, even though I generally dislike love stories and Christian books. This one was obviously "Christian" but wasn't preachy or off-putting, as most are (in my experience). The love-story aspect wasn't off-putting, either; so many are, because they seem to emphasize the self-centeredness of the characters. This one, in contrast, showed that people in love can become less self-centered and more open to their world than they were before. The "world" of the characters kept expanding, often in unexpected directions. I wish more books were like this.
VioletsBijou More than 1 year ago
Interesting to read about the Jewish Danes,learned alot. You never know what is going to move you to do things for others. A little predictable, but enjoyed reading.
ChandraLynn More than 1 year ago
Robert Elmer did it again. When I began reading this book I found myself in a story world so real I had to continually remind myself it was fiction. Some would say that is because the story is based on true historical events. And, while there is truth in the statement, only Robert Elmer could make the line between history and fiction eschew this way. Hanne Abrahamsen is a nurse in Denmark during the fall of 1943. When the Gestapo begins deporting Jews to concentration camps, her chance meeting with Lutheran pastor Steffen Petersen opens a doorway to freedom. Steffen is drawn into the resistance and as he risks his own life to help Hanne and her family, his faith is challenged and strengthened. Can love bloom in the darkness as wildflowers grow in concentration camps? Readers will be drawn into the story, the history, and wish with all their hearts they could change the way things happened. I highly recommend this book!
bikrgran More than 1 year ago
A story of the German occupation of Denmark, and the round-up of the Danish Jews, who were shipped to the prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslavakia. A book that tears your heart out, but one of faith and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a excellent work of historical fiction. I learned many things about WWII in Denmark that I never knew. I was please to discover that there were many Danes who attempted to help Jews escape the Nazi's attempt to round them up from Denmark. The characters are well developed and the book is realistic without being offensive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!  A story of unselfishness, a forbidden love, and the tradegy of war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We as a part of the human race have no right to enslave or torture any other part of the human race because of their color,creed or religion. This was an excellently written book and it hefd my interest from beginning to end.
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Good reading. The serious subject matter, while true, made for some difficult concentration. Well written.
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Madman42 More than 1 year ago
A very good war time love story between two people caught in the throws of WWII. People of different faiths working together for the same cause while discovering they are in love.
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Could not put it down.
swabbie More than 1 year ago
Good storyline.
Marzee More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is interesting and intriguing along with some 'heart wrenching' moments. If you enjoy reading about the II world war, this is a must.
boopsterBJ More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of anything WW2. This was by far the best read on the market!
barry2B More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this fictionalized account of the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Robert Elmer held tru to the historical context and built a great story of a pastor and a jewish nurse helping Jews escape Denmark before they are shipped to the camps.
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This was a good read and a little hold your breath as you read. I am a novice when it comes to this time period so i cannot verify accuracy but the book does give opportunity for the reader to think & ponder what would we have done if we were any of the characters.