This is a lovely and often moving story of a German-American mother and daughter. The former is trying to ignore her deeds good and not-so-good in Weimar, Germany before and during World War II, and the latter, a historian, trying to discover and understand her mother's generation's experiences and behaviors in the Nazi regime. The story goes back and forth between daughter Trudy's modern day interview project and mother Anna's youthful struggles with love and providing for her daughter.
Written by a former Shoah Foundation interviewer, Those Who Save Us surprisingly offers the passive perpetrators--Germans who didn't actively, deliberately participate in the torture and murder of millions of Jews, politicos, Romani, homosexuals, etc., but were still responsible--understanding, if not forgiveness. It's a compelling but not obsessive read, and you'll cry a little toward the end.