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Night Angels

By: Weina Dai Randel
Narrated by: Angela Lin,Jesse Vilinsky,Feodor Chin
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Summary

From the author of The Last Rose of Shanghai comes a profoundly moving novel about a diplomatic couple who risked their lives to help Viennese Jews escape the Nazis, inspired by the true story of Dr. Ho Fengshan, Righteous Among the Nations.

1938. Dr. Ho Fengshan, consul general of China, is posted in Vienna with his American wife, Grace. Shy and ill at ease with the societal obligations of diplomats’ wives, Grace is an outsider in a city beginning to feel the sweep of the Nazi dragnet. When Grace forms a friendship with her Jewish tutor, Lola Schnitzler, Dr. Ho requests that Grace keep her distance. His instructions are to maintain amicable relations with the Third Reich, and he and Grace are already under their vigilant eye.

But when Lola’s family is subjugated to a brutal pogrom, Dr. Ho decides to issue them visas to Shanghai. As violence against the Jews escalates after Kristallnacht and threats mount, Dr. Ho must issue thousands more to help Jews escape Vienna before World War II explodes.

Inspired by a remarkable true story, Night Angels explores the risks brave souls took and the love and friendship they built and lost while fighting against incalculable evil.

©2023 by Weina Dai Randel. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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“This powerful tale of resistance and everyday heroism will resonate with fans of Pam Jenoff and Martha Hall Kelly.”Booklist

Schindler’s List takes an Eastern twist in Night Angels, the incredible true story of the Chinese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in WWII Vienna. Quiet, scholarly Ho Fengshan has just been made consul general in Vienna, preoccupied with his troubled American wife, Grace, and disquieted by the new anti-Semitic laws sweeping Austria. Grace’s friendship with Jewish musician Lola forces both Fengshan and his wife to the breaking point: How much can one sacrifice to save innocent lives? Weina Dai Randel pens an unforgettable tale of quiet heroism and blazing defiance in the face of evil.”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye

“An illuminating look at a little-known, inspiring piece of history we should never forget.”—Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

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An amazing novel

Absolutely spellbinding Beutifully written with wonderful characters The narration is just brilliant bringing everything to the story I shall be bereft without it I hope this novel becomes a best seller it certainly deserves to be

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  • Ingrid Olsen-Young
  • 17-03-23

Couldn’t finish

The story started slowly but the historical information was very interesting. I had to stop listening to the book at chapter 61. Could no longer stomach the narration of Grace. Her character was so whiny and overly dramatic.

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  • N. Delgado
  • 02-03-23

Beautiful.

A well written story, thoughtful and beautiful. A work of fiction that felt so real and compelling, to honor those who take part on the real ordeal to save human lives and humanity.

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  • Mamma Mimi Michele
  • 23-02-23

I learned so much!!

Wow! I learned so much from this book. How heartbreaking and yet so good. Not the ending I thought it would have. Very good!

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  • BarbieAlaska
  • 10-02-23

A work of fiction about a real brave man

I have read about Ho Feng-Shan over the years. A man who did extraordinary things to save Jews in Austria. Well done!

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  • Sara M LaBarba
  • 09-02-23

Enlightening

I am not usually a fan of historical fiction, however this book brought me into the 1940's in which the Nazi Germans took over Vienna. The characters of the book were well developed but it was a slow start. I urge readers to stick with it.

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  • Bob L.
  • 05-02-23

Loved this book!

I have read/listened to about 400 books of this genre. I would count this in my top 10 to 15. An interesting story of a marriage, of life desires and choices, and the heavy price of doing the right thing.