It is interesting to see the different reactions that her family have towards Hitler as he comes to power and takes over in Germany then their different responses to the war. One of her brothers joins the Communist party and is imprisoned in a series of concentration camps, another enthusiastically becomes a member of the Hitler Youth.Her mother, a doctor, vociferously opposes Hitler, and is pushed out of her job by his edicts against women working in the professions. She later becomes very ill.
This compelling and moving novel is essential reading for anyone who wants to see how the Second World War affected ordinary German families.
Having recently being totally taken in by Binjamin Wilkormski’s Fragments (which I reviewhere) I was pleased to read on Marianne’s website a full explanation of how she wrote the book and where her information came from! (Scroll down on this page).
Although this novel is unusual in being told from the viewpoint of an ordinary German during 2nd World War, it isn’t unique. I recently reviewed Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrick Christian Delius.
As ever, all coloured text contains hyperlinks that take you to other webpages where you can find out more.