Amazon.in:Customer reviews: Out of the Hitler Time trilogy: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Bombs on Aunt Dainty, A Small Person Far Away: A classic and unforgettable children’s book from the author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea
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This book is so good that I have ordered it in paperbook as well as originally readng n on my Kindle ! It must have been so difficultbvfor the author to write as a very young chile who gradually matures and grows up , becoming a teenager ! The really compelling part was her memories f the London Blitz. Now I have been inside the skin of the europeans fleeing into this country afraid quite rightly that if they did not make it that the only other alternative for thamselves and their children would be a concentration camp - and then ultimately certain death... Although I have had a certain fascination regardng the 1st and 2nd World Wars and the horrr of it all, have never been able to place my feet squarly in these poor people's shoes. Tyen they faced little or no prospect of obraining work so that they had somewhere to live and food to buy to survive. Judith Kerr's young clear observations brought many things home to me of what it must be to have to flee one's own country, leaving your home, family and friends and quite often feeling like a displaced citizen in a strange but kind country. Having read, and re-read her autobiography I shall always be eternally grateful to her for showing me many new insights into what happened to the Jewish race during the 2nd World War. In fact with her analyzise as a child many things were shown to me with the clear honest judgment that children have when travelling through their life without any pre-conceived ideas of what their future lives will show to them. I absolutely adored this book - I must have as I have never read a book through twice before in such a short space of time. She ( the author ) is also very brave to allow her innermost thoughts be read by the rest of the world. Many people would not have been prepared to bare their life ( with all the difficult things ), growing up is always a trial at times for everyone whether one is the child or the parent. Because she was prepared to tell her story to any reader she should be blessed for enriching our lives with the knowledge of how one mad man culd wreak such havoc and untold deaths and dissater at that time. Thank you Judith Kerr - all young people would benefit from reading this book. Bless you !
I absolutely fell in love with the first of these books, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit! I feel like I can picture everything in my mind, the author wrote this beautifully!! It’s truly one of my favorite books to read. Originally I had gotten it for daughter but I feel one should never be “too old” to read a book from any age and genre. I read it at her request but I never wanted it to end! The second book I enjoyed as well, it was so interesting! So intriguing the story. The third I enjoyed but not as much, I felt like it lost its innocent luster and had more an awaking of reality appeal. It was very good don’t get me wrong, just different.
Having only known Judith Kerr as the author and illustrator of Mog books, I learned at Edinburgh International Book Festival (2013) that she had written this trilogy about her early life and her escape with her parents and brother from Nazi Germany at the very moment when Hitler came to power. They stayed in Switzerland for a while, then Paris, but then moved to London.
Although he had opposed Hitler openly and in writing, like so many German refugees from Nazi Germany, Kerr's father was unable to obtain work in Britain, so life was hard for the family. Yet this beautifully-written book, told initially through a young child's perspective, is without rancour.
Each book in the trilogy traces different stages of Kerr's early life and the first part is now used as a text book in German schools to explain what life was like for many there during 'the Hitler Time'.
This trilogy , fictionalised as it is, is really Judith Kerr's own story of her family's escape from Nazi Germany at the time of Hitler's accession to power, their stay in Switzerland and then England, deprived of the comfortable lifestyle they had in Berlin (her father was a successful and highly esteemed writer), her first steps in the world of creative art (and a parallel love affair) and then, in her third book, her return in the 1950s to Berlin to visit her ill mother. It is written very simply and directly, as for a young person, but there is nothing childish about it. The directness makes it both powerful and moving. I have never read such a 'real' personal account of the Blitz, for example. I came to these books through the writer's children's books about The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, classics both. These three books are a different kind of thing, but it is easy to see the link between the gentle humanity of the children's books and this trilogy. Strongly recommended.
Die drei Bücher von Judith Kerr sind Geschichtsbücher in eine wahre Geschichte verpackt. Ich habe sie auf englisch gelesen, weil die Autorin ja früh nach England kam, um mit ihrer Familie den Nazis zu entkommen. Als Kinderbuch geschrieben, aber durchaus für Erwachsene geeignet, weil man nicht mit Daten, Fakten und Greul überschüttet wird. Gerne habe ich Anna durch die Jahre begleitet!
I started to read this book the day I heard the Author had died. I heard on BBC breakfast about the book & downloaded it out of curiosity. I am very glad I did it is excellent. I found myself lost in the story & knowing it was true added to the poignancy, but it was also so uplifting & funny I feel a better person for having read it.
Good book, it was interesting and convenient to have all 3 stories in one book. The first story, "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit," is the best written of the 3. I was curious as to the author's further experiences, but didn't feel the last two stories were quite in the same league as the first one.
I read when Hitler stole Pink Rabbit as a child and always wished I knew what happened next, when I discovered there were actually two further books I jumped at the chance to read them. Written by the renown author of 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' and the 'Mog the Cat' books this is a lovely biographical insight of a German Jewish Dissident fleeing the Nazis s with his family told from the point of view of Judith who started the war as a little girl protected by her parents and ended as a young woman caring for them. A great story teller showing life inside that long terrible moment in time.