Playing for the Commandant

Playing for the Commandant

eBook - 2014
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"Look after each other -- and get home safe. And when you do, tell everyone what you saw and what they did to us. " These are Hanna's father's parting words to her and her sister when their family is separated at the gates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Her father's words--and a black C-sharp piano key hidden away in the folds of her dress--are all that she has left to remind her of life before. Before, Hanna was going to be a famous concert pianist. She was going to wear her yellow dress to a dance. And she was going to dance with a boy. But then the Nazis came. Now it is up to Hanna to do all she can to keep her mother and sister alive, even if that means playing piano for the commandant and his guests. Staying alive isn't supposed to include falling in love with the commandant's son. But Karl Jager is beautiful, and his aloofness belies a secret. And war makes you do dangerous things.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 0763666734 (electronic bk.)
9780763666736 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC ZAIL
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jun 22, 2017

Maybe this just wasn't my cup of tea, but I was deeply disappointed that the main character fell in love with the commandant's son, who was a "good" Nazi because he helped smuggle food to the prisoners, and that [SPOILER ALERT] she forgave him after finding out that he knew they were gassing and cremating prisoners and he didn't tell her. Other than that, I appreciated the realism of describing the camps, and the struggle to remain hopeful and human throughout one of the worst episodes in human history. A much better Auschwitz book is "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas."

Mar 28, 2016

A beautifully written novel. It is about a promising young pianist who had to play for a German commandant in concentration camp. It was all about survival, until she fell for the commandant's son. She was torn between hatred and love, a feeling untainted by the brutality of the Nazis reign.


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