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The Seventh Cross
The Seventh Cross | Anna Seghers
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Written in 1939, first published in 1942, a national bestseller and a 1943 BOMC Main Selection, The Seventh Cross presented a still doubtful, naive America a first-hand account of life in Hitlers Germany and of the horrors of the concentration camps. Seven men attempt an escape from Westhofen; the camp commander erects seven crosses, one for each. Only one, the young communist, Heisler, survives, not by cunning or superior skill, but through the complicity of a web of common citizens unwilling to bow to the Gestapo and forced to make decisions that will determine the character of their future lives.
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sisilia
The Seventh Cross | Anna Seghers
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Another movie that I need to check out soon

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! That‘s got to be really old!! Cool to see Jessica Tandy and Hume together at a young age!! 3mo
sisilia @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yeah, it was released in 1944 😀👍🏻 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow! 41 years before Cocoon! They must have still been in their late 30s to 40s 3mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m wrong, he was 33, she was 35 (edited) 3mo
sisilia @JanuarieTimewalker13 Gorgeous couple! 😍 3mo
arubabookwoman Did not know there was a movie based on the book. Will have to check it out. 3mo
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sisilia
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5⭐️ I‘m supposed to buddy-read this book for the whole month of August with @shawnmooney but I couldn‘t resist the temptation to read on. Seven political prisoners escaped from the concentration camp. Seven trees waited for their return, for each recaptured prisoner to be hung on a cross. At the end, the seventh cross remained empty. This brilliant, suspenseful story leading to the successful escape is a symbol of the resistance to the Nazis

Lindy Hey! Is that a blackwing pencil? I wish I could enlarge photos in Litsy. 3mo
sisilia @Lindy Yes 😆 I have some limited editions. Will put them on my online store soon 3mo
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Lindy @sisilia Oooh, nice. I have a Blackwing Palomino that I love. 3mo
Crazeedi @Lindy @sisilia I ❤❤❤ my blackwings! I subscribed to series. I love all pencils in general!! 3mo
sisilia @Crazeedi @lindy 🙌🏻 Yay to fellow graphite lovers ! 3mo
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sisilia
The Seventh Cross | Anna Seghers
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Seven trees, seven chapters, seven escapees 😍 I‘m about 45% in and really loving the story #NYRBClassics

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sisilia
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Just started this #NYRBClassics for a buddy-read with @shawnmooney

GlassAsDiamonds I really have to start reading these!!! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
sisilia @GlassAsDiamonds I just finished Chapter 1 and I like the writing 😃 This is a nice pick for Women in Translation month, too 3mo
BarbaraBB Interesting. I read her other book and really enjoyed it. 3mo
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sisilia @BarbaraBB I heard that Transit is better than this 😺 My IRL bookclub will be reading Transit in Nov, so I will find out soon 3mo
BarbaraBB But you like this one too, don‘t you? Looking forward to your thoughts. 3mo
sisilia @BarbaraBB I do ☺️ I‘ll let you know 3mo
arubabookwoman I read it earlier this year. I liked it a lot. I haven't read Transit though. 3mo
sisilia @arubabookwoman I‘m glad that you loved it. I‘m enjoying it so far. The description is superb; I feel as if i were a fugitive in the old Germany 3mo
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Clare_Riley
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I have a NetGalley copy on my kindle of this book, so I‘m reading the English translation of one of the books that I wrote my university dissertation on! I‘ve been looking at the translation (because I‘m a bit sad like that!😆) and I‘d say it‘s very good. She‘s such an underrated author in the English speaking world. She wrote a lot of sense that applies to us even now (she was communist and Jewish, and escaped Nazi Germany before the war).

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DivineDiana
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Translated from German, this book was made into a movie with Spencer Tracy in 1944. 7 German prisoners escape from a Nazi concentration camp. As they are captured, each is hung on a cross. Only one eludes the Gestapo. The German translation does not run smoothly. There is a large cast of characters to follow, but the story is suspenseful and chilling. A stark glimpse into the fear of living under a dictator. From The Voices of Resistance Series.

julesG I had to read this in school and had to compare it to, among others, the 3y
DivineDiana @julesG How interesting! Had not heard of the 3y
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DivineDiana
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Starting this book that I had reserved at the library. There were a few people ahead of me, even though it was written in 1942. The funny thing is I am not sure who recommended it 🤔I thought it was Litsy but just checked reviews and there are none. So, it must have been a Facebook post on books to read related to the current political climate in the US. I did research that it was made into a movie starring Spencer Tracy.