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The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy Book 1) by [Fischer, Christoph]
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" eye opening and heart-warming story of survival..."

"the essence of human nature" in the beautiful historic setting of Bratislava in 1933

“Left me breathless and in awe” – "should be mandatory reading in history class"

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In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 a romantic girl falls for a bookseller from Berlin. Greta Weissensteiner, daughter of a Jewish weaver, slowly settles into life with the Winkelmeier clan. The political climate and slow disintegration of the multi-cultural society in Czechoslovakia becomes more complex and affects relations between the couple and their families.
The story follows their lot through the war with its torment, destruction and its unpredictability - and the equally hard times after.

From the moment that Greta Weissensteiner enters the bookstore where Wilhelm Winkelmeier works, and entrances him with her good looks and serious ways, I was hooked. But this is no ordinary romance; in tact it is not a romance at all, but a powerful, often sad, Holocaust story. What makes The Luck of the Weissensteiners so extraordinary is the chance Christoph Fischer gives his readers to consider the many different people who were never in concentration camps, never in the military, yet who nonetheless had their own indelible Holocaust experiences. Set in the fascinating area of Bratislava, this is a wide-ranging, historically accurate exploration of the connections between social location, personal integrity and, as the title says, luck. I cared about every one of this novel's characters and continued to think about them long after I'd finished reading.

-- Andrea Steiner, University of California Santa Cruz

The Luck of the Weissensteiners is an epic saga set in wartime Eastern Europe. It follows the lives of two families - one Jewish, one Catholic - and their entwined survival amidst the backdrop of the second world war; first the fascist then the communist invasion and occupation of Slovakia, and the horror of the consequences of war. The reader is transported to a world of deception, fear, distrust and betrayal, alongside enduring love and family drama. Weissensteiners is a magnificent tale of human survival.

About the Author

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS is an extremely well written novel about two families during the horrific events of World War II.

Christoph Fischer hooked me in with wanting to read how the romance between a German bookseller and a young, Jewish woman would develop, during a time in history when the possibility of such a union would be an extreme conflict and life threatening challenge.

I fell in love with Greta and Wilhelm, with the way their character's are portrayed and with their story. I also love this author's style of writing. His storytelling voice is descriptive, utilizing all the senses, mesmerizing and strong.

It is obvious that Mr. Fischer did a lot of research for this book and kudos to him for using the research in a way that gives the reader the realism of World War II, at the same time is able to weave his knowledge into a fictional account, without having it sound like a history book. He writes the historical facts and cultural differences into a great work of fiction that literally has the reader feel like they are part of that era.

This book is filled with a lot of emotion and it will touch every reader who absorbs the full impact of Mr. Fischer’s excellent way of crafting a story. My emotions ran from anger on behalf of the characters and heartbreak, as well as providing smiles at some light hearted, comical moments. This is what I consider a well rounded story, when it can encapsulate all these emotions, giving me an overall thrilling read.

I highly recommend this book, and especially to readers in a book club as it opens the door for a lot of discussion.
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This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Volume 1) (Paperback)

Christoph Fischer has written an important historical rendition of wartime Eastern Europe that will continue to haunt you for a long time after you finish reading it. The Luck of the Weissensteiners presents the spirit and horrific social conditions of Bratislava and the neighbouring countries during the Holocaust. The actual political figures of that era are embedded in the story but the slew of other characters are all strong fictional creations that give life and credibility to the historical backdrop.
It is a touching story of courage, love and heroic endurance in a time of abject cruelty and terror. War has the knack of bringing out either the best or the worse of the human psyche--both extremes are equally depicted in the novel.
The players in this drama are far from being two-dimensional; even the cold, unfeeling characters will at times show a glimmer of warmth. Greta and her Jewish family remain loyal to their compassionate and trusting nature throughout their terrifying ordeal. Her fate is sealed when she falls in love with Wilhelm, a charming German bookseller whose true colours as a calculating anti-Semite are revealed when the going gets tough.
Be prepared for emotional upheaval while reading this-- you cannot remain untouched.
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We've all studied World War II in history classes and some of us are old enough to have had relatives who fought in the war. For me, it was always somewhat abstract. The brilliant author, Christoph Fischer, bring the war alive through characters who live every horrible minute of it. The struggles of the family and extended family are unbelievable. And we think we're struggling when the cable doesn't work or our cell phones aren't charged!

In movies about World War II, it seems that action becomes far more important than relationships. But in this excellent book, relationships trump action. The book beautifully explores the struggles of a family and how each of them is affected by the war. This is an up close look at the hardships and tragedies this family endured. The characters are wonderfully drawn: Wilma, Johanna, Greta, Wilhelm, and all the rest. The author juxtaposes the horrors of war with individuals' acts of kindness. A juxtaposition that might not work in less capable hands. I learned more about that area of the world in that time frame than I ever did in any classroom situation. Should be mandatory reading in every history class. A tour de force and I can't recommend it highly enough! Bravo, Mr. Fischer!
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Modern history until recently has remained largely obscure to me, particularly the political machinations leading up to WW2. In Christoph Fischer’s marvellous book the Luck of the Weissensteiners it is brought vividly, poignantly alive in a way that kept me mesmerised throughout as the story develops and expands. What was especially rewarding for me was to have some personal insight into exactly what it must have been like for ordinary people caught up in events beyond their control or understanding, being forced into political loyalties out of exigency rather than conviction, suffering prejudice, betrayal, forced separation and grief. As a child I heard many stories about the war from my parents’ perspective – very much biased, naturally, towards the perspective of people living in England. This story took me right into the heart of Bratislava and the turmoil in that part of Europe, both in the years leading up to the war and the time of chaos afterwards. Becoming so deeply immersed in the stories of these people, feeling as if at first hand their struggles, their pain, their confusion and absolute loss, I was struck again and again with the chilling parallels of our modern times, and the hordes of displaced people again finding themselves seeking refuge in a world unable or unwilling to contain them. Christoph Fischer is a master story teller, and having read several of his more recent books I knew what to expect in terms of the quality of his writing. Only after finishing it did I realise this was one of his earliest books to be published, and although different in tone and pace to his later novels, is every bit as polished, with a wealth of impressive historical detail. I had the sense this was a book written very much from the heart, and perhaps that’s why it touched me so much.Read more ›
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