An incredibly heroic story
The last train to London – Meg Waite Clayton
“Children are the most precious possession in the world.”
The last train to freedom
In the Dutch translation, they changed London to freedom. I do understand why. It’s the last chance for Jewish children to have their freedom. In December 1936 Truus starts to help Jewish children to escape Germany. When the laws change drastically, Truus knows she has to do more for these innocent children in not only Germany but also its surrounding areas. In Vienna Eichmann tells her that she can transport 600 children to England, no more no less. On purpose, he says they have to leave on their sabbath day. Yet Truus is determined to find them and save their lives from the nazi terror.
It’s not only the story of resistance fighter Truus, but it’s also the story of a Jewish boy called Stephan. Stephan grew up considerably rich. He loves to write scripts, he loves his family, and he has a friend Zofie-Helene whose mother is a journalist against the nazi regime. When the Nazis take power, his life is in danger. He’s able to escape but for how long?
A story about love and hope
The last train to London is about a strong woman who doesn’t give up. She keeps on fighting for the Jewish children, even when unexpected things happen and governments don’t always cooperate. Besides this, it’s also a story about hope and love. Hope for a better future and that love will never disappear. The love of Truus for the children, the love between her and her husband Joop and the love of Stephan for his parents and little brother.
Some stories need to be told, including this story of Truus and all the children she helped. That is why I can recommend the book to everyone. It is a fictional story, but Clayton has based everything on the harsh truth and the biography of Truus Wijsmuller. It’s a heroic and moving story; it is a story that will stay with you for a long time.
*Based on the Dutch translation ‘De laatste trein naar vrijheid’