The school for German brides A novel of World War II

Aimie K. Runyan

Book - 2022

In 1939 Germany, Hanna Rombauer is sent to a "bride school" where she becomes increasingly disturbed by lessons of hatred, prejudice, and misogyny, and when she discovers a pregnant Jewish woman hiding near the school, she proposes a risky plan that would free them both.

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Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Novels
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes reading group guide.
Physical Description
362, 10 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780063094208
0063094207
Main Author
Aimie K. Runyan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Hanna and Tilde are intelligent, strong willed, and compassionate—unwelcome qualities in 1938 Germany. After her mother's sudden death, Hanna is sent to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle, who waste no time grooming her to be a suitable wife for an SS officer, her own feelings notwithstanding. Tilde runs the fabric shop her Jewish mother started, hoping the Aryan features she inherited from her absent father can keep them safe as tensions mount. When Hitler's rhetoric leads to violence, each woman understands that one step out of line can mean torture and death for themselves and those they care about. Though they barely know each other, their lives intertwine when Tilde finds herself in a desperate situation and Hanna may be the only one who can help. Despite their very different circumstances, Hanna and Tilde each embody a delicate balance between utter helplessness and defiant bravery as they share their moving stories. Readers who enjoyed Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls (2016) or Pam Jenoff's The Woman with the Blue Star (2021) will hold their breath as they root for these strong women. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In 1939 Germany, Hanna Rombauer is sent to a “bride school” where she becomes increasingly disturbed by lessons of hatred, prejudice and misogyny, and when she discovers a pregnant Jewish woman hiding near the school, she proposes a risky plan that would free them both.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In 1939 Germany, Hanna Rombauer is sent to a "bride school" where she becomes increasingly disturbed by lessons of hatred, prejudice, and misogyny, and when she discovers a pregnant Jewish woman hiding near the school, she proposes a risky plan that would free them both.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this intriguing historical novel, a young woman who is sent to a horrific “bride school” to be molded into the perfect Nazi wife finds her life forever intertwined with a young Jewish woman about to give birth.Germany, 1939As the war begins, Hanna Rombauer, a young German woman, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother’s death. Thrown into a life of luxury she never expected, Hanna soon finds herself unwillingly matched with an SS officer twenty years her senior. The independence that her mother lovingly fostered in her is considered highly inappropriate as the future wife of an up-and-coming officer and she is sent to a “bride school.” There, in a posh villa on the outskirts of town, Hanna is taught how to be a “proper” German wife. The lessons of hatred, prejudice, and misogyny disturb her and she finds herself desperate to escape. For Mathilde Altman, a German Jewish woman, the war has brought more devastation than she ever thought possible. Torn from her work, her family, and her new husband, she fights to keep her unborn baby safe. But when the unthinkable happens, Tilde realizes she must hide. The risk of discovery grows greater with each passing day, but she has no other options.  When Hanna discovers Tilde hiding near the school, she knows she must help her however she can. For Tilde, fear wars with desperation when Hanna proposes a risky plan. Will they both be able to escape with their lives and if they do, what kind of future can they possibly hope for?