Gertruda's Oath by Ram Oren

Gertruda's Oath

Trapped in the horrors of World War II, a woman and a child embark on a journey of survival in this page-turning true story that recalls the power and the poignancy of Schindler’s List. Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, travels to France, leaving Michael in the care of his m...


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TitleGertruda's Oath
ISBN9780385527187
Author
Release DateAug 4th, 2009
PublisherDoubleday Religion
LanguageEnglish
GenreWorld War II, Holocaust, Nonfiction, History, War, Biography
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Reviews Gertruda's Oath

  • Gary
    1970-01-01
    Ram Oren is one of Israel's most popular authors' and indeed one of the most talented authors of the 21st century. This book is remarkable in that is non-fiction but reads like a brilliant novel. Begins with the story of the wealthy Stolowitzky family, who lose everything they own in Poland and flee to Lithuania after the Nazis and Soviets divide Poland between them in 1939.Michael Stolowitzky is only three when all this happens and his father tr...
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    Oren has written a touching, commendable tale of a Polish Christian woman, who risked her existence to save the life of a small Jewish boy during WW II and the Holocaust. She had started out as the nanny to this child of extreme wealth. It was clear from the onset that both the boy, Michael and the woman, Gertruda were bonded in love. She possessed great inner resources and intelligence to enable them to remain relatively safe. Although her statu...
  • Mary-Louise
    1970-01-01
    One little Polish-Jewish boy's World War II tragedy could have been so much worse without his protector-nanny, Gertruda, who promised Michael's mother that she (Gertruda) would protect Michael from the Nazis as best she could. Honor was in short supply in Nazi-occupied territory, but some people risked their lives to do the right thing.My only quibble with the book was that the writing seemed to be more at a young adolescent's level rather than a...
  • S.B. Lerner
    1970-01-01
    An account of how a young Polish nanny saved a young Jewish boy in the Holocaust. Concurrent background story of a young SS man who saves her life with a spur of the moment gesture. written in a very straightforward, unadorned manor, which is fitting because the tale is incredible on its own. Also tells the story of the Exodus voyage, life in Israel and the young man's efforts to claim his inheritance.
  • Ranjit Powar
    1970-01-01
    The style is simple and direct. More than a play of words or expression, it is the stark , undiluted truth about the atrocities and loss of all that is human that hits you in the gut.The second world war - a people hounded out of the securities of a normal life for no fault of their own. And amidst it all, the amazing courage and compassion of one woman who survives it all. Read and remember, so this may never be repeated any place, any time.
  • Leslie
    1970-01-01
    Really great true story about a Catholic nanny of a Jewish child. She swears to his dying mother to keep him safe and get him to Israel after WWII. Some other subplots are told of people who impacted their story. Only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because it is a translated book, so it’s not beautiful prose. But the story is wonderful and true.One line that really resonated with me, speaking of an SS officer and attacks on Jews:"He lo...
  • Terri
    1970-01-01
    One of the most engrossing books I have read in a long time; I could not put it down.Generally I steer clear of World War II books because I know it was an horrific period and I don't want to dwell on the horrors of it in a book or a movie for that matter. So with trepidation I began reading this book.Yes, the horror and hatred that one man can do to another with relish is here; the absolute devotion to Hitler and his final solution is eery and l...
  • Shelli
    1970-01-01
    Gertruda's Oath is a beautiful and tragic story about a young Jewish boy and his Catholic nanny, and those who helped them survive during the Nazi regime. Written simply, it can be read in a few hours, but the lasting impression of Gertruda's devotion to her young charge, along with the characters that shape and influence their survival is tangible.You begin reading, knowing that Michael is going to be saved and protected by Gertruda; knowing tha...
  • Elaine
    1970-01-01
    This is a true story of the Holocaust, a child, a promise and a heroic escape, a story of survival and strong character. I could not put it down!The Stolowitzky family along with Gertruda Bablinska, the nanny, work their way through life in Poland and Russia during World War II. Some survive and many die, of course. The story also describes the Karl Rink family and their pain and suffering. Without spoiling the story itself, the author details be...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Amazing true story about sacrifice, loyalty, and small kindnesses that put individuals at risk during a horrific time in our history.
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    Very good and true story about the Holocaust and how a Catholic nanny saved a young Jewish boy and raised him as her own.
  • Nina
    1970-01-01
    The story of good and loving people, not only Gertruda, also, for instance, a Polish priest and a German SS-man, is unusal in many respects. First of all, because it is based on facts. None of the situations or characters are fictitious. Michael Stolowitzky is the author's close friend. One can complain that the form of the book is not well fit to non-fiction narrative, that it resembles a goodnight fairy tale for kids. However, it seems that thi...
  • Chris
    1970-01-01
    Disclousre: won though Goodreads giveaway.Last semester, I taught Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl for my reading skills class. My intention was to use the work as a jumping off point and go into the editing that had been done and how Frank's work compared to other diaries from the time. In other words, I wanted my students to look beyond the work and to place it in the wider context, to even challenge the idea of the "saintly" Anne Frank. My...
  • Aimee
    1970-01-01
    Reading personal stories of survival and heroism during the Holocaust is always interesting. Nonetheless, it is difficult review and critique a nonfiction work such as this because the purpose of the story is to pay homage, show respect and possibly educate.
  • Nickole
    1970-01-01
    I've read a lot of survivor stories. This one is a first hand account from an SS soldier and his struggle to provide for his family as well. I cried at the end. These Jews who survivor are a motivation to me. Also it gives me hope that good prevails in the end. Great story of two lives.
  • Cc
    1970-01-01
    One of the BEST books I've read in a long time! So interesting, so fascinating, so we'll done. Great book!!!
  • Dambler
    1970-01-01
    Very good story about a difficult journey.
  • Renee
    1970-01-01
    This is a ‘tender and touching account of genuine, selfless generosity’. Although the content is quite suspense filled, the writing style makes for easy reading. Highly recommended.
  • Wendy Schlegel
    1970-01-01
    A very moving story which showed the best and worst of human nature. It also showed the strength of love and determination.
  • Marge
    1970-01-01
    Well written tale of survival, love, and loyalty.
  • Becky Bushong
    1970-01-01
    I love stories of courage and inspiration and people doing what's right for them regardless of the odds. Very inspirational.
  • Jenni
    1970-01-01
    Wow! Stunning and beautiful, engrossing from the beginning and although not fiction, it read like a suspense novel throughout. Amazing, page turner of a book. I've read quite a few accounts about survival of the Holocaust, and although this wasn't a memoir (the survivor was not the one who wrote the book), this one was definitely one of the best I've come across. Well written and emotionally charged (I struggled at times to not start crying), the...
  • Anna Ligtenberg
    1970-01-01
    ISBN 9780385527187 - I love books set during World War II, non-fiction in particular. They're almost always tearjerkers (at least sniffle-inducing), and certainly awe-inspiring, something we can always use more of, these days. Gertruda's Oath definitely lives up to those expectations.Living in a world of luxury and denial, the Stolowitzky family is blissfully - for the moment - unaware of what lurks around the corner, as Hitler rises to power and...
  • Amanda Morgan
    1970-01-01
    When Gertruda Bablinska, a former Catholic schoolteacher, decides to take on a job as nanny to the three-year-old son of one of the wealthiest Jewish families in Poland shortly before World War II broke out, she had no idea the ultimate responsibility she was really agreeing to in “Gertruda’s Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II.” When Michael’s father has to go out of the country on business, no one realizes...
  • 01sidnyr
    1970-01-01
    Gertruda's Oath is not just one story, it is three stories. The first one is about Michael Stolowitzky, and his nanny Gertruda, and Michaels mom and dad. Their story is how the escape from poland and how michael and gertruda surivive during the war. The second story is about a guy named Karl Rink. His is about how he, his wife, and daughter live through the war and how karl joins the naxi party. And the thrid story tells a little bit about gertru...
  • Lynn
    1970-01-01
    Gertruda's oath is the true story of a heroic escape from the terrors of the WWII, but it is also a story of love and devotion. Gertruda, a Catholic woman, is hired by a wealthy Jewish family as a nanny for their son, Michael, in pre-war Poland. As the war progresses and the Nazis conquer Poland and move from there to Vilna, Lithuania, the family is separated by circumstances and death. Gertruda makes a solemn promise to Michael's mother to watch...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    I won this book on GoodReads. This is a true story of World War II. One set of characters revolves around the Stokowitzky family in Warsaw, Poland, the mother, father, son Michael and the nanny Gertruda. The other main set of characters belong to the Karl Rink family in Germany. Karl joins the SS because he is unemployed, even though his wife is Jewish is is their daughter. The book follows the two sets of characters thru the war. The story is to...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    After the Germans have invaded Poland the wealthy Jewish Stolowitzky family is separated, with father, Jacob, in Paris trying to finish up an important business deal, while mother, Lydia, Michael, and nanny, Gertruda are robbed of all they have by the family chauffeur on the way from Warsaw to Vilna. Lydia’s health is poor and made worse by her depression, and she asks Gertruda, on her deathbed, to care for Michael and be his mother. The book f...
  • Wendy
    1970-01-01
    Getruda's Oath tells the true story of Michael, a Jewish child during the Holocaust, and Gertruda, his Catholic nanny, in a direct and unadorned way. The love the nanny has for the child is all-consuming, as she has made an oath to his dying mother to protect him through the war and someday bring him to Palestine. They survive the war with major hardships and Gertruda's fierce love for him is shown in so many ways. This is different from any othe...
  • Lorri
    1970-01-01
    Gertruda’s Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II, by Ram Oren is a lovely story, and a beautifully written testimony of how young, Jewish Michael Stolowitzky survived the Holocaust. Gertruda Babilinska was Michael’s nanny, and without her, it is doubtful that Michael would have survived. Gertruda’s Oath often reads like a book of intrigue, with its pages filled with drama and riveting sequences. It is a true stor...