Meg Waite Clayton will be presenting on her book , The Last Train to London.
Based on true events, The Last Train to London tells the story of a Dutchwoman who, working with British and Austrian Jews, faces down Adolf Eichmann to rescue thousands of children from Nazi-occupied Vienna. In 1936, the Nazis are little more than brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family, and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan’s best friend, brilliant Žofie-Helene, is a Christian whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis’ take control. Dutchwoman Truus Wijsmuller risks her life, smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany — a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss, as borders close to refugees desperate to escape the Reich. After Britain passes a measure to take in child refugees, “Tante Truus” dares to approach Adolf Eichmann in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future.
Meg Waite Clayton is the Language Prize honored, New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, and 100+ essays in major newspapers and magazines, often on the subjects of strong women throughout history, and the challenges women face. She holds degrees in history and psychology from the University of Michigan, and is an Order of the Coif graduate of its law school.
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