Read Good-bye Marianne: A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany by Irene N. Watts Online


A heartbreaking story of loss and love.As autumn turns toward winter in 1938 Berlin, life for Marianne Kohn, a young Jewish girl, begins to crumble. First there was the burning of the neighbourhood shops. Then her father, a mild-mannered bookseller, must leave the family and go into hiding. No longer allowed to go to school or even sit in a café, Marianne’s only comfort isA heartbreaking story of loss and love.As autumn turns toward winter in 1938 Berlin, life for Marianne Kohn, a young Jewish girl, begins to crumble. First there was the burning of the neighbourhood shops. Then her father, a mild-mannered bookseller, must leave the family and go into hiding. No longer allowed to go to school or even sit in a café, Marianne’s only comfort is her beloved mother. Things are bad, but could they get even worse? Based on true events, this fictional account of hatred and racism speaks volumes about both history and human nature....

Title : Good-bye Marianne: A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780887768309
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Good-bye Marianne: A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany Reviews

  • Kate Horan
    2019-01-30 01:29

    At the beginning of this sensitive graphic novel about 1938 Berlin, eleven-year old Marianne Kohn has no idea how much danger she is in. First she is expelled from school for being Jewish and now she and her mother must find a new place to live. Through a twist of fate -- her mother calls it a miracle -- Marianne has an opportunity to escape as part of the Kindertransport, but how can she leave her beloved mother? It can be difficult to find a book about this dark period of history that conveys historical facts without causing unnecessary anxiety in children. Shoemaker's pencil drawings convey the narrative in fine detail and capture both the bravery and sadness of Marianne's situation. Adapted from a children's novel by Irene Watts, this graphic novel shines as an example of the delicate balance between words and pictures. Recommended for ages 8 and up, but may be appropriate for a thoughtful and inquisitive younger child.

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-01-26 18:45

    There must be two versions of this book, because multiple reviews note it as a graphic novel. The version I read has this cover and is a slim, middle grade novel based on the author's own experiences during the Hitler era in Germany. It's well-written and hard to put down, taking readers on a journey they are likely to find disturbing but highly credible. Should be great for generating discussions, what-if scenarios, etc.

  • William Stanger
    2019-01-31 23:43

    We bought this little graphic novel in a recent book sale at our local library. It's described as being 'a heartbreaking story of loss and love', which basically it is, being the story of a young Jewish girl growing up in Germany just before the outbreak of World War II. It's aimed at a younger audience, so it doesn't have too many of the more raw elements that other stories based on events during this time have. Having said that, there is enough drawn and written to show the sadness and pain of the times so that a younger person could understand what is going on and how wrong it all was. It's a well-drawn and written story. The art has a certain bleakness, which adds to what the story is all about. It would be a good starter for starting a conversation about the holocaust with children.

  • Vanessah
    2019-01-22 22:48

    As interested as I am in the holocaust, this book made me quite sad. I will never be able to grasp how someone can kill people simply because of their religion, let alone children. This book gave a big insight into what it was like being one of those Jewish children. This book is very small and quick to read, but still heart wrenching all the same.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-04 21:59

    An important story to tell, but the poor lettering was distracting and the story a bit garbled. I think the book is intended for a younger audience but there is very little exposition or explanation to actually teach readers new to the subject about the historical period.

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre
    2019-01-19 20:45

    This unusual and compelling graphic novel, an adaptation of Irene Watts’ earlier novel of the same name, opens in Berlin during the autumn of 1938. Marianne Kohn is Jewish and is beginning to feel the tension as the Nazi regime closes in on her. Expelled from school because she is a Jewish student, she remains stuck indoors while her mother works at a local orphanage and her father is “missing.” While her mother tells her to use her time to study, she cannot help but worry about the things she witnesses happening around her. When an opening on the Kindertransporte that would take Marianne to Britain becomes available, Mrs. Kohn makes the heartbreaking decision to send Marianne, knowing that the danger surrounding them may make it impossible for mother and daughter to ever meet again. Still, Mrs. Kohn does this with hope in her heart. While the text is compelling, the drawings are even more so. Beautifully done by Kathryn Shoemaker, the simple black and white pencil sketches evoke feelings of wistfulness and sadness. The reader feels as if they are suddenly immersed in a dark, cold and joyless world – an early December day without the promise of spring for months to come. The drawings suit the text perfectly. They are spare and simple, but command the reader’s interest. The publisher has suggested that this book is suitable for ages 8 to 11. However, this would be a completely foreign world for most eight-year-olds, without the accompanying explanations of an adult. Among the general population, an age range of 10 to 13 would be more suitable. This work certainly is excellent classroom and library material, and wonderful for a patient parent and child to pore through together.Reviewed by Ann M. Shantz in Canadian Children's Book NewsWinter 2009 VOL.32 NO.1

  • Alex
    2019-01-22 20:37

    "Good-bye Marianne" is a very emotional and motivational book that was written base on a factual event of the "kindertransporte'' happened back in the 1938s. Marianne, a Jewish girl, grew up in a Nazis powered country, Germany. She and her family have experienced massive amount of stereotypes and have heard lots of hurtful comments about their race and culture. She was not allowed to go to school, the parks and she even had to disguise herself before walking on the streets alone. Her mother,mutti, didn't felt safe keeping Marianne in such a dangerous country, so finally mutti decided to send Marianne to England. Sadly, Marianne had to listen to her mother and left Germany to settle in England, a place where she is able to start a "new" life and have faith.I picked up this book because i have read books from most of the other genres. Out of curiosity, I chose to read a book from the war genre.I finished this book because this book really taught me something. I sometimes thought that i am one of the unfortunate children, but after i read this book, i was wrong. There many other children whom are more unfortunate than me.I would recommend this book to Mr.annismov because he is a history teacher, and in this book there are many historical values in it.Personal opinion on this book: Although this book described some of the most horrible and terrifying events that happened, i still really like this book because it taught me history in another way.

  • Lisa Gricius
    2019-02-07 00:53

    Good-bye Marianne is an auto-biographical account of author Irene N. Watts experiences growing up in Nazi Europe when Jewish children were forced to leave school and could no longer attend with Aryans. Marianne's mother, concerned for the safety of her child as Hitler's devestation of Jews seems imminent, arranges for Marianne to become part of the Kindertransport in which thousands of Jewish children were taken by boat to safety in England. This graphic novel format of Irene Watts' original novel, illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker is illustrated in pencil and charcoal, capturing the mood and emotion of Marianne and her family during this horrific time. The balloon-enclosed text is easy to read and comprehend against the illustrated panes. The illustrations were appropriate and matched the tone of the plot. Although the plot was limited and somewhat abrupt, this graphic novel could easily be partnered with other re-tellings of this time period. Reluctant readers, those who learn best in a visual format and those who are not ready to emotionally handle the events of this time will benefit from this work. Highly recommended, especially for those in grades 4-6. For those readers interested in learning more about the Kindertransport, this graphic novel will definitely pique there interest to learn and read more on the topic, including me!

  • Lady Knight
    2019-02-09 22:57

    A very touching story of a young Jewish girl growing up in Nazi Germany. After being expelled from school, Marianne struggles to deal with being hated by Aryans who used to be her friends, missing her father (no one knows where he is, or if he's even alive) and trying to hide her Jewish heritage. But through it all her mother stands as a sort of shelter from the storm, and even though she doesn't want to, when her mother finds her a spot on a ship taking children to England, Marianne goes because she knows it is a sign of her mother's love.Despite the often covered territory of the plot, Watts does a beautiful job and the graphic novel format allow the pictures to imply emotions that would take far too long to write out. Beautiful!

  • Caroline
    2019-01-18 18:53

    This story follows Marianne, a 12-year-old jewish girl living in Berlin shortly after Kristallnacht. Things are changing quickly, and people she used to trust are no-longer interested in knowing any Jews. Marianne's mother struggles to keep her daughter safe and manage while Marianne's father is in hiding. Eventually, there is an opportunity for escape and Marianne must make a tough choice: leave her family behind, or stay in Berlin where her mother can no-longer keep her safe.This historical fiction is great for children who would like to read about the Holocaust in a different way and wish to see things from the perspective of a child their age. I will recommend this to my young readers who are looking for graphic novels or stories about WWII.

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    2019-02-01 21:45

    The first of a 3 book trilogy. Altho seated in fact, this is a fictional trilogy, per the author. Good-bye Marianne tells the story of a Jewish family at the beginning of the atrosities in Hitler's Germany. It is 1938 - before the war - as Jews were being beaten, imprisoned and losing all of their rights and securities as Hitler begins his persecution. Mariannes father is on the run, Marianne has been banned from her school, and her mother fears for their lives. Book 2 is Remember MeBook 3 is Finding Sophie

  • Jen
    2019-01-19 17:53

    Mother-Daughter Book Club selection for September 2009. Very easy and quick read. Cute story, but very heavy and sad topic. Made me cry thinking of the poor mother having to send her daughter away in order for her to be safe. I only hope I would have the strength to do the same, but I can't imagine how hard it would be! And I hate not knowing at the end what happens to their family and if they ever see each other again. Still, I would highly recommend it. A good, not too heavy way to introduce the topic of Hitler's treatment of Jews during WWII.

  • Denise
    2019-02-06 21:40

    What a sad and beautiful book. This is a wonderful way for a child (my 8 year old) to read about what it would have been like to grow up as a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. It is a very small story of one little girl and because it is small, it is powerful. My daughter could relate to Marianne and really get a sense of what happened to real people on a very personal level. There have been lots of discussions stemming from this book.

  • Maggie
    2019-02-09 17:36

    I picked this one up at the library to encourage my little readers. My oldest loves graphic novels and is also interested in Jewish people living in Nazi Germany. I thought the story was really good, although it seems to have a few gaps, as graphic novels are inclined to do. It seemed to not have a point, but I suppose it really shouldn't since those times didn't. The ending left me wanting to know more.

  • Emilia P
    2019-01-18 18:56

    Somebody got into the Children's Comic Book section! This was a true three. It's lovely, it's well done, the text and the images are well-paired, and it's spooky in a real effortless way, but it doesn't pack an emotional punch. Which, it probably should, when you're sending your young child away from Nazi Germany, probably never to see her again. Also, So Long Marianne was in my head the whole time, and I think that was unintentional.

  • Anne
    2019-02-01 20:54

    Another compelling yet heart-breaking story about the Holocaust. This one is about 11 year old Marianne who is forced to leave home due to the Nazi attempt to kill all the Jews. Marianne is forced to look at friendships and relationships in a new light during these rapidly changing, trying circumstances. Well written and well-illustrated - but the abrupt ending left me hanging and feeling like something important had been left out.

  • Miss Amanda
    2019-01-25 23:43

    gr 4-6 104pgs1938 Berlin, Germany. 11 year old Marianne Kohn finds her world becoming smaller and emptier as the Nazis restrict where she can go and people, like her father, disappear. Her mother constantly reminds her not to draw attention to herself. Marianne misses her father and misses being able to play outside without fear. When space opens up on the kindertransporte, Marianne must decide should she go?A prequel to "Remeber Me" and it's companion "Finding Sophie"

  • Kate Forsyth
    2019-02-07 19:50

    A novel for children inspired by the author’s own childhood, this is a beautiful and very moving account of life for a young Jewish girl in Berlin in the early days of World War II. Marianne, like the author, escapes on the Kindertransport to Great Britain, leaving her family behind, so the book does not contain any great atrocity, making it a perfect read for a thoughtful and sensitive child.

  • Yannick Serres
    2019-01-29 00:33

    Nice faction story about a young girl being caught in the nazi propaganda. She will be one of the lucky in this conflict, but not as lucky as she would like. It is a nice short story, well told, well written.

  • Shawn Bird
    2019-01-21 19:51

    Not much plot development, but a good brief introduction to the idea of kindertransport, which rescued thousands of Jewish children during the holocaust.

  • Dave
    2019-01-25 21:56

    The Graphic Novel. Beautiful illustrations of a compelling and heartbreaking story based on actual events. The graphic novel makes this story accessible to a broader range of readers.

  • Cali
    2019-02-05 17:45

    One of those stories that lacked impact.

  • Nicole
    2019-02-09 18:47

    The plot is far from new, but the emotional impact is enhanced by the illustrated format. This might be a good introduction to the subject for children.

  • Emily
    2019-01-20 00:42

    A quick read about a girl living in Nazi Germany (1938). I found it lacking something, but overall a good introduction for a young reader learning about the beginnings of the Holocaust.