The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff

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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, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city's decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out. Taken to Krakow to live with Jacob'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 Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must compromise her safety - and her marriage vows - in order to help Jacob's cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, so does Emma's relationship with the Kommandant, building to a climax that will risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves.

About Pam Jenoff

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Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including the international bestseller The Kommandant's Girl, which also earned her a Quill Award nomination. Pam lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school.
Published January 1, 2007 by Mira. 400 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Pam Jenoff's novel The Kommandant’s Girl, newlyweds Emma and Jacob have only been married for three weeks when Nazis invade their homeland of Poland.

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Eventually the Krakow Jews are moved to the Ghetto, and Emma is introduced to some of Jacob's resistance connections, one of whom offers her an out: life with Jacob's Aunt Krysia, posing as a Gentile – Anna Lipowski.

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They served as the catalyst for this extraordinary tale of the Krakow resistance to German occupation in Poland during the Second World War.

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