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The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christoph Fischer
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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"...an 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.


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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1979 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481130331
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, 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 now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's THAT good 9 Sept. 2013
Format:Paperback
Following Greta from pre-WWII Bratislava through Carlsbad through Aschaffenburg and ultimately to post-war Frankfurt is a well-written journey. Fischer's The Luck of the Weissensteiners had me hooked into the journey, turning pages and asking the same question Greta stumbles upon frequently, "Where were friends or enemies?"

The novel is a historically sound piece dealing with loyalty, stigma, love, loneliness and oppression set against a backdrop of Eastern Europe's turmoil. The characters' lives were confounded at so many intersections by the results of a powerful anti-Semetic propaganda campaign. They don't go to an Auschwitz or Buchenwald, but you quickly see that avoiding the camps was not freedom for the articulately drawn and likeable characters. You want to see what happens next to them and can feel the tension Fischer relays so well.

Chapters 3, 10 and 13 capture Greta's emotion, tragedies and near-misses so intensely I bookmarked and went back for a welcome re-read. The book accomplishes a lot in covering more than a decade and a half without making a reader feeling rushed or missing something in the timeline. It's paced that well ... and the Epilogue cleanly tied together the themes and characters of the entire novel as a great exhibit of Fischer's talent.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Luck of the Weissensteiners 29 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an extraordinarily good read which is both enjoyable and instructive. It captures the predicaments of people who are displaced by war, prejudice and social hostilities with great insight. The characterisation is both finely drawn and entirely believable. The characters' experiences are set in context: the geographical and historic backgrounds are very carefully researched and accurately described. The background and the story are skillfully intertwined to make the storyline illuminating and compelling. The story is full of interest and the reader identifies readily with the characters in a most enjoyable way. At the same time we are learning about how those times really were, with all their horror but also with hope for the future and heroic actions that inspire. Strongly recommended for anyone who likes their fiction in the historical context.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would you rather be good or be lucky? 14 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The first part of the Three Nations Trilogy is no less dramatic than its sequels.

Set in Bratislava in the early 1930's, religion and politics collide in a very personal way for a young Jewish girl as she slowly falls for a bookstore owner.

A few people have praised this as a romance story and, yes, there some sense of that in the narrative. However, I believe that there is an awful lot more to this than mere historical romance.

Few would deny the epic backdrop of this piece; Europe falling under the darkness of fascism, and millions slavishly following the herd into, what the readers knows, will be the unimaginable horrors of WW2.

And that is why this book is more than a love story. It is about the darkness within us all, and how some fight, how some fall to it, and others embrace it.

Issues of politics entwine with notions faith, and the author lays clears the madness of humanity as a species; that we will use the most absurd reasons to divide ourselves from one another as an excuse for protectionist policies.

However, despite the sweeping landscape, this remains a very human, and very personal story, of how choices bring consequences and forgiveness can often be so difficult to find.

Recommended reading.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Memorable! 4 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The first novel in Christoph Fischer's Three Nations Trilogy, The Luck of the Weissensteiners, is exemplarly. Set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany prior to the second world war, the book tells opens with the every day life and budding romance of Greta, a young Jewish girl, and her book sellers male friend, Wilhelm. The characters are exquisitely drawn and vulnerable and the story is both touching and poignant. As the book progresses, the reader feels a host of emotions… From love to jealousy, uncertainity, fear and horror and betrayal and loss. The backdrop of the war adds to the drama and setting of this historical story and its complexity. Most books I have read about this period in time dwell primarily on war or murder, but this first volume features the actual lives of persons living during this time. Consequently, this is an incredibly written contribution to literary fiction set during this era. The book is masterfully crafted and executed and the series promises to be an epic saga depicting these times.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking... 2 Feb. 2015
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It seemed to be strange that the day after I finished this book was the 22nd January 2015, exactly 70 years since the liberation of captives held in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp.

This book was not an easy read. It deals with a time in history that many of us choose to remember (or forget) in a variety of ways. Yet, this is the first time I have read about the events surrounding the war from a different point of view. "The Book Thief" and "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" are notable examples of alternative reads in this genre.

Some of the characters in this book are Jews who have never actively followed their faith, and are willing to give up their religious views to convert into Christianity. However, nothing seems to be enough to hide their background and a lot of emphasis was placed on physical features, e.g. someone's nose!

Truly, the extent to which the Nazi regime went to justify their actions (i.e. murdering innocent people who did not fit their idea of the acceptable) is truly appalling, but the fact people believed it as the truth is worse.

I read the book and was in awe of the way the author told his story in a way in which you actually felt for most of the characters, even the ones that were truly stupid!

I recommend this for those wanting to read about events during the Second World War from a different perspective. A few times, the pace was very slow, but stick with it. It was truly thought-provoking.
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This book took time to get into but I think I enjoyed it. I found the second half of the book not as well written as the first half, almost as if the author were bored with it. Read more
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