Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered
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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered

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The astonishing true journey of Trudi Kanter, an Austrian Jew, whose courage, resourcefulness, and perseverance kept both her and her beloved safe during the Nazi invasion is a rediscovered masterpiece.

In London, in 1984, Trudi Kanter's remarkable memoir was published by N. Spearman. Largely unread, it went out of print until it was re-discovered by a British editor in 201...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Scribner (first published 1984)
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Jeffrey
JOY...READ. THIS. BOOK. If you want to understand what it was really like to live under the Nazis...not yet another fictional black and white account.

This is real.

The world of chic Vienna is so well conveyed and with charm and grace...elegant prose... and we see and imagine the life Trudi had..and it is fun to read. Yes. Fun.

Then, all gets turned around but instead of writers who use hindsight...we wee how Trudi fights back for her business and her family and people do help her...it is remarkabl...more
Rennie
I loved this book and I hope it eventually gets the recognition it deserves among WWII memoirs. It's not written in any kind of lofty prose but it's accessible, eventful, and emotional. I also like that a large part of the story is centered in Vienna and the city itself remains a character throughout, always recalled while the author is trying to adjust elsewhere. There are so many stories from locations like occupied Paris and war-torn Germany but relatively few from Vienna, especially one told...more
Leigh Newman

Who doesn't love buried treasure, especially when it's of the literary variety? Part love story and part intimate history of the Nazis' 1938 arrival in Vienna, Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler was originally released—and promptly forgotten—in 1984. Wandering through a bookshop a few years ago, a British editor discovered the out-of-print memoir and decided to republish it. What makes the book so instantly mesmerizing is Trudi Kanter herself, who fashioned sentences just the way she fashioned hat...more
Mmars
If there is one character in literature who I keep being reminded of in my reading, it's Holly Golightly. Trudi (Ehrlich) Katnter could be the Holly Golightly of World War II survivalists. Her city is Vienna. Her talent is hat-making. Her writing style is delightful and big-eyed. She gets her man and sincerely loves him despite other suitors steadily popping up, she's insanely jealous, and her quick and resourceful mind and can-do attitude save the day countless times, and...she knows class.

Thi...more
Tracy
The title grabbed me and then the story sucked me in. This was compelling, lyrical writing and very hard to put down. In the 1980s Trudi Kanter self-published the story of her escape from WWII Vienna with her husband Walter. The book then fell into obscurity. Thankfully, it was rediscovered and published by Scribner. From the introduction by Linda Grant:

"...There was...an instinctive shrinking away from accounts of the war that did not treat it with the seriousness and solemnity of historians. T...more
Rhiannon Wyn
Really excellent, a beautiful account of some of Europe's ugliest moments. An interesting perspective (fashionable, successful, upper class Jewish female) and additional complications (divorce, remarriage,suicide) make for a unique read.
Leigh
If you read stories about the horrors of WWII and the atrocities endured by the Jewish people, this book may seem trivial and lacking. It is not that kind of story. Instead, Trudi Kanter's story begins in 1938 and details her life in Vienna as an upper-class, beautiful woman with a life of moderate luxury. She is wrapped up in the world of fashion, and is quite successful as a hat designer, with contacts all over Europe.

She is indeed Jewish and nearly on the eve (literally) of Hitler's invasion...more
Nancy
The overall story is interesting but the writing style is horrible. Difficult to follow direction of thought as situations require interpretation that is not common knowledge in today's society and country. There is a lot if self promotion of author's sexual prowess and desirability. It didn't relate to the storyline, in most cases and seemed self congratulatory. At the same time, the author's "true love" tended toward vanity as well. She didn't trust him with fidelity and it seemed to almost be...more
Brenda
I wanted to really like this book... I tried very hard to like it a lot.
I think the fact that I started this book and got to the third chapter , then switched to reading The Snow Child (got to third chapter), then switched to reading Terry Pratchet ( which I finished )then went back to 'some girls some hats' and read a couple more chapters ... then switched to The Two Week Wait ( which I absolutely devoured) then bought and read and enjoyed all of The book of tomorrow ... then reluctantly went b...more
M
A really inspiring story of strength, perseverance and endurance in the face of horrible uncertainty and persecution. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to have everything taken from you, to leave your home, your parents, to have to flee in fear. No one knows what the future holds (not even Mystic Meg), but we can be fairly sure that when we wake up we will get to be free, to enjoy our homes and be able to walk the streets if we wish. To not have that, and to survive and continue, is a...more
Jayne Furlong
What a beautiful memoir... To think this was written by a woman many decades after the actual events...The imagery is amazing! The attention to detail goes above and beyond basic description to literally paint a picture for the audience. Unlike most Holocaust memoirs, this one takes into account the culture people tried to hang on to and the beauty left in the world at the time of the greatest atrocities. The balance she strikes in her writing is stunning, and that alone makes this worth reading...more
Paul Pessolano
“Some Girls Some Hats and Hitler” by Trudi Kanter, published by Scribner.

Category – Autobiography/Memoir

Trudi Kanter penned her memoir of her flee from German occupation in 1984. She was living in London and her memoir was taken out of publication due to poor circulation. Her memoir was rediscovered in 2011 and now is available and should be of interest to anyone interested in the holocaust.

Trudi owned her own women’s hat company in Austria and was enjoying life. Her way of life was dashed with...more
Stella Fouts
I'm glad this book was rediscovered. It was originally published in 1982 in England and then disappeared. Trudi Kanter would have been in her late 70s when she wrote Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story since she was born in 1905. She had excellent recall of the fashions AND events that were taking place in the mid to late 30s in Vienna. Even though I knew she survived the Holocaust, that didn't diminish the level of suspense I felt as I read of Trudi's actions that saved her, her...more
Sheila
Feb 15, 2014 Sheila added it
Had a great read with a book called, Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler, by Trudi Kanter. First self published in 1984 and now Virago in 2012 and Scribner paper back in 2014, quite a book. It is a personal narrative about what some have termed a "trivial" life style but how it evolves into survival. It is a self written biography of a turbulent time which expresses the power of an intelligent woman, her ability to make decisions, a new life, and as many of us, a change in how we think about life e...more
Roberta
Romanzo autobiografico che pare avesse avuto una certa fama dopo la pubblicazione, per poi finire nel dimeticatoio.
Forse la narrazione è stata considerata troppo leggera al confronto delle cronache di un primo Levi, per esempio. I protagonisti di questo romanzo riescono a fuggire per tempo e non vivono sulla propria pelle la follia hitleriana. E' più la storia di una fuga che la cronaca di uno sterminio.
Trudi è un'imprenditrice austriaca nel 1938. Modista, viaggia tra Vienna e Parigi per studiar...more
Terrilyn
"Some Girs, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story". With a title like this, I really wanted to like this book. I found this story to be bland. It was a combination of a love story and a first person account of surviving the war, but it wasn't enough of either for me. It wasn't a compelling love story or a compelling war story. The story of a strong woman who is smart and determined to save her husband and her parents has the potential to be a great book, but this fell short in my opinion. I fo...more
Sarah Peterson
Very good book, and very interesting to read. I'm not sure if this book was written as is by Ms. Kantor, or if it's been translated and/or edited by a professional author, but either way, the writing is very good and the story moves very well.

It's said at the beginning that WWII/Holocaust stories from "common men" weren't very popular until the 80s, and I can kind of understand that. This book really isn't as interesting as many of those that came before it. Her circumstances weren't nearly as...more
Kate Forsyth
Sifting through a second-hand bookshop in London, an English editor stumbled upon this self-published memoir of a young Jewish woman in Vienna and – enchanted by her romantic love story and vivid writing style – republished the book.
In 1938 Trudi Kanter was a milliner for the best-dressed women in Vienna. She was beautiful and chic and sophisticated, travelling to Paris to see the latest fashions and selling her hats to some of the most wealthy and aristocratic ladies of Europe. She was madly in...more
Ketti

A true love story rediscovered. I’ve read many books about the Holocaust, this was told from a different viewpoint. Trudi is honest and open, giving the reader a good understanding of the horror of Nazi occupied Europe.

"This one memoir is a generous- spirited book. Its many delightful moments, as well as its almost matter-of-fact description of menace and impending danger, stay long in the mind."
– Wall Street Journal

Favorite quote:
“This is a war of the unknown warriors,” Churchill told the worl...more
Jan
Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter
Trudi Miller in 1938 was a beautiful, chic and charismatic hat designer in Vienna. While traveling abroad for fashion shows and materials, friends warn her about the coming war and encourage her to not return to Vienna. She will not abandon her parents nor the love of her life, Walter. Trudi uses her smarts and connections to escape with both the parents and Walter to London.
The book was first published in London in 1984 and res-discovered by a Bri...more
Ipek
If you like memoirs, you'll probably like this book to some extent. If you are interested in WWII-Nazi rule in Europe and the era in general, I'm once again almost certain that you'll find something interesting and worth reading in this book. I can't call it a masterpiece but I really liked the tense atmosphere, the effects of the Nazi occupation on daily life, the struggle to find a way out. And I'm a bit of a sucker for love stories (whatcha gonna do). I don't know why I'm not crazy about the...more
Susan McBeth
Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler is the memoir of Viennese milliner Trudi Kanter, who was forced to flee her beloved Austria when the Nazis invaded in 1938. Using the same characteristics that made her a successful businesswoman – boldness, tenacity, and resourcefulness – Trudi plotted her escape to England with the love of her life, husband Walter, and her parents.

As she fashioned her new life and started anew, the war seemed to follow and challenge at every step, but even the Nazis couldn’t d...more
Chihoe Ho
There are some books that get modest response upon its initial publication, but age better with passing years. It doesn't matter if the people involved with the book are still around, or if the setting no longer matches with our current reality, so long as the content is still of relevance and importance will it withstand the test of time. "Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler" is one such book.

Trudi Kanter, may she rest in peace, shares in an honest voice that is filled with strength, wit, sophisti...more
Shannon White
As reviewed in Localiez by me...

So many stories about Europe during World War II have been published that it is sometimes difficult choosing which ones to read or just how many. As of late, the trend in publishing seems to be toward more unique stories chronicling the events from a different angle. This is one such tale. Originally published in the 80’s and recently rediscovered, it is the tale of Trudi and Walter two industrious young people in Vienna.

Trudi is a fashionista although that word...more
Leah K
Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered by Trudi Kanter

★★★★

Amazon Synopsis: In 1938 Trudi Kanter, stunningly beautiful, chic and charismatic, was a hat designer for the best-dressed women in Vienna. She frequented the most elegant cafés. She had suitors. She flew to Paris to see the latest fashions. And she fell deeply in love with Walter Ehrlich, a charming and romantic businessman. But as Hitler’s tanks rolled into Austria, the world this young Jewish couple knew colla...more
Cynthia Dunn
The story behind this book is an unusual one. It was printed by a small press, went out of print and was found in a used bookshop and reprinted. The publisher can't even find a copyright holder.

While not the best written of Holocaust memoirs, it does give you a different perspective. Trudi Ehrlich was a well-to-do Jewish milliner in Vienna when she first heard the rumblings from her friends to get out of town. Quickly. Though the life she leads is somewhat trivial in the greater scheme of things...more
Brie
This isa very interesting memoir. It doesn't go in extreme detail of what happened to the Jews in Austria in World War 2 but it is one woman's experience of trying to get out of the country, with the man she loves dearly, and her parents.

It is written in a style that is very like a fiction book...but it is just the writer's style and it makes the story very engaging. She is totally focused on making herself and the man she loves (and marries) safe. This thought obsesses her and causes her to fra...more
Kelly Massry
If the title of this Holocaust memoir makes Hitler seem inconsequential it’s because, well, he is. Yes, there’s fear laced in these pages, but there is joy here, too. At times, the prose is so lively it is almost sunny – bursting with the scenery of Austria, Paris and London. Trudi Katner is not one to hide in the shadows, to cower from her hunters and hope for mercy. No, she is a woman of action – a leading lady in Parisian society, a fashionista, a business woman. She has the foresight, as ear...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Una poetica vicenda di “Salvati” ce la regala Trudi Kanter, -nata in Austria a inizio '900 e morta a Londra nel 1992- con questa storia autobiografica, dedicata al marito Walter. Lieve e drammatico, fin dal titolo, il romanzo testimonia come l’intensità di un amore possa superare ostacoli incredibili; pure in un’epoca marchiata dal nazismo e dalla Guerra. Il racconto si avvale di uno stile diretto, pieno di humour. 1938. Trudi è una giovane donna bella ed entusiasta, chioma rosso fuoco, modista...more
Melissa
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