The Last Train To London

By Meg Waite Clayton,

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National bestseller

A Historical Novels Review Editors' Choice

A Jewish Book Award Finalist

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 All the Light We Cannot See, centering on the Kindertransports…


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A remarkable novel about Truus Wijsmuller, a very brave woman in the Netherlands, resisting the Nazis by smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. A very moving and true story. The role of women in the resistance movement in the Netherlands has been neglected or underrepresented for way too long, so this story helps to shed light on the active resistance women carried out in WWII. This is exactly what my platform ‘Sophie’s Women of War’ sheds light on. 

From Sophie's list on World War II heroines.

This suspenseful, big-hearted novel is based on the true story of Truus Wijsmuller, a childless Dutch woman who smuggled hundreds of Jewish children to London on the Kindertransport. The story is inspiring and beautiful, and shows the extraordinary power of one person to change the fates of many. 

While this book is considered historical fiction, the author and her vast research put you in the times and places prior to the fighting in World War 2. Well-written and thoroughly researched, this page turning true story is based on real life hero Truus Wijsmuller, a Dutch woman who saved the lives of 10,000 Jewish children. The book shows her bravery and reminds you how one person can make a difference.

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