The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

The Last Train to London

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
English | 2019 | General Fiction/Classics | ePUB | 2.2 Mb

The Last Train to London : The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Exiles conjures her best novel yet, a pre-World War II-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and The Nightingale, centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe—and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.
In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan’s best friend and companion is the brilliant Žofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis’ take control.
There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. It is a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss—Hitler’s annexation of Austria—as, across Europe, countries close their borders to the growing number of refugees desperate to escape.
Tante Truus, as she is known, is determined to save as many children as she can. After Britain passes a measure to take in at-risk child refugees from the German Reich, she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question,” in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his young brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future abroad.

“Go on, go quickly now, but take your time washing up,” Truus said calmly. To the girl she said, “Keep your brothers in the lavatory, sweetheart.”

“Until you put back on your gloves, Tante Truus,” the girl said.

It was necessary that Truus not seem to be hiding the children, yet nor did she want them too close for this negotiation. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, she thought, unconsciously putting the ruby to her lips, like a kiss.

She opened her pocketbook, a more delicate thing than she would have carried had she known she’d be returning to Amsterdam with three children in tow. She fumbled inside it, removing her rings as the children, now behind her, traipsed away down the aisle.

Ahead, the border guard appeared. He was a young man, but not so young that he might not be married, might not have children of his own.

“Visas? You have visas to leave Germany?” he demanded of Truus, the sole adult remaining in the carriage.

Truus continued rooting in her bag as if to extract the required papers. “Children can be such a handful, can’t they?” she replied warmly as she fingered her single Dutch passport, still in the handbag. “You have children, Officer?”

The guard offered an unsanctioned hint of a smile. “My wife, she’s expecting our first child, perhaps on Christmas Day.”

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  1. The Last Train to London Meg Waite Clayton was available on MojoBB in September 2019 thanks to Seth, does anybody have a copy. Please note I am unable to download from Zippyshare. Thank you

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