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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Out of the Hitler Time #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  8,015 Ratings  ·  632 Reviews
Anna is not sure who Hitler is, but she sees his face on posters all over Berlin. Then one morning, Anna and her brother awake to find her father gone! Her mother explains that their father has had to leave and soon they will secretly join him. Anna just doesn't understand. Why do their parents keep insisting that Germany is no longer safe for Jews like them? Because of Hi ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Random House (first published 1971)
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Jennifer
Jun 18, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
My teacher read this to our class when I was about 10 and the name stuck with me along with a memory of waiting impatiently for the next installment each day. Finally when trying to think of a different book to read to my own kids I asked a bookseller if they knew a book of that name (not having a clue who had written it).

My two boys were absolutely riveted although rather bemused when I sobbed through the more emotional bits (nine and seven year old boys may be slightly lacking in soul!) It is
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Lisa
Jul 02, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story!

When I started reading the book I expected another sorrowful account of the worst time in history, but in the end I closed the book with a smile on my face and the thought that everybody should read this book to be encouraged to deal with change in a new way. (Me included!)

Anna tells the story the odyssey her family is forced to undertake in 1933, when Hitler grasps power in Germany and her family has to leave Berlin in a hurry - being Jewish and politically active agains
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Sophia
May 06, 2016 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread in February 2017 - review from May 2016 below.

This book is a worldwide bestseller. I've seen it in search results, Goodreads recommendations, and everywhere. So two days ago I tried a sample - and was sucked in. I bought the book and had my nose in it right away.

There's nothing incredible about it - I'll grant that. But for those of you who've read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas you'll recognise it immediately. The writing had the same childlike innocence of TBITSP, and I loved it.

Anna.
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Sally906
Nov 14, 2014 Sally906 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, childrens
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT is semi-autobiographical as it is based on the true life story of author Judith Kerr. Her family fled Germany just before Hitler came to power because her father was a well-known writer, and had been openly criticizing the Nazis. Anna is 9 when the story opens and she first learns she is a Jew. She hadn’t realised she was one as her family didn’t follow any of the customs or worship as Jews. One day her father disappears he has been told he is a wanted man by the Na ...more
Inés Izal
Nov 17, 2015 Inés Izal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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"Algunas cosas habían sido difíciles, pero siempre había sido interesante, y a menudo divertido: y mamá y papá y Max y ella casi siempre habían estado juntos. Mientras estuvieran juntos, no podría tener nunca una infancia difícil."

Es curioso ver un hecho histórico a través de los ojos de un niño inocente.
Jana Heinzelmann
Apr 01, 2011 Jana Heinzelmann rated it it was amazing
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is a book for kids and teenagers. I know that many friends of mine had to read it in school but for some reason, I never had to. Nevertheless, I always thought that it is an important novel that I should have read. Thus, last year, I bought it but then forgot about it again. Last week, when I was in bed sick with the flu, I was going through the books in my shelf I have not read yet and there it was and grabbed my attention. I started reading it in the morning and r ...more
Glorrry
Sep 26, 2016 Glorrry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5'tan 5
Ümit
Mar 07, 2017 Ümit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
II. Dünya Savaşı'na dair -gerçekten- farklı bir bakış açısı arayanlar için ideal bir kitap. Savaşı arkaplana alarak kültürel çatışmaları ve mülteciliğin enteresan yanlarını ele alıyor. Hakiki olaylardan esinleniyor olması da cabası.
Laleh
Nov 26, 2014 Laleh rated it liked it
I've always been quite keen on childrens books about the second world war. There's a kind of simplicity in the way they cover it, that always makes it feel more real to me.
Carrie's War, Goodnight Mister Tom, The Kingdom by the Sea, The Machine Gunners, Blitzed...have all at some point or other been one of my favourite books

I'd been looking for this book for quite a while, and chanced upon it a while ago.
It was a sweet book, with the main difference being that it didn't dive as deeply into the Wa
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Dora Santos Marques
Jan 10, 2017 Dora Santos Marques rated it it was amazing
A minha opinião em vídeo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JFiK...

Que livro tão bonito! Adorei a versão da Anna, uma criança que se torna numa refugiada, pois por ser judia, tem de sair do seu país...
Bookguide
Nov 27, 2010 Bookguide rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookguide by: ApoloniaX
This book is aimed at pre-teens / early secondary school level, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and possibly empathised more with the adults, particularly the mother, than I might have done if I'd read it as a child.

This is one of those stories rarely told about the period preceding WWII; the everyday difficulties of a Jewish family who left Germany before Hitler came to power. Anna and Max's parents shielded them from the fear of what they suspected was going to happen, so even the fact that their
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Beth Bonini
Nov 09, 2015 Beth Bonini rated it really liked it
This book is probably best aimed at the 9-12 age reader, and yet -- like all well-written books -- it will appeal to many older readers. It is Judith Kerr's memoir of being a German/Jewish refugee as a child, and it is both fascinating and poignant. Although the author sticks to facts and memories, as much as possible, the book is presented as fiction -- she distances herself with the third-person point-of-view, and by referring to herself as "Anna" (which actually was one of her names, as she e ...more
LH Johnson
Nov 23, 2012 LH Johnson rated it it was amazing
This book is one of those that feel somehow effortless, as if they were just waiting to be written. Kerr's fictionalised story of her childhood is, and deserves to be, one of those eternal classics of children's literature.

Anna (Judith) is growing up in Germany. She is Jewish, and her father is a famous writer. Following the rise of Nazism, and the climate becoming increasingly fragile in Germany, her parents make the decision to leave. This book follows Anna throughout the first part of her jo
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Natacha Cunha
Nov 20, 2015 Natacha Cunha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muito mais do que uma história sobre a Segunda Guerra Mundial, esta é, acima de tudo, a história de uma família de refugiados. Aliás, o regresso deste livro há muito esgotado em Portugal, não poderia apanhar os leitores dotado de tanta actualidade. Como o faz lembrar – e muito bem – Carla Maia de Almeida no prefácio, estamos a braços com a maior vaga de refugiados desde o tempo da Segunda Guerra Mundial. É pois tempo de reflectir, e este livro é um excelente ponto de partida.

Uma história interes
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Katri
One of the favourite books of my childhood. I used to reread this obsessively, though it's been a long time since I last read it. But I found it a very touching and captivating story of how a child experienced having to flee from country to country after Hitler rose to power in Germany and then also began to overpower other countries. It didn't encumber the storytelling with the sort of historical detail that would have been tiresome to a child, but still gave me a vivid image of what it was lik ...more
Melanie
Mar 20, 2017 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I still love this as much as ever.
Alex Baugh
Nov 25, 2011 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
First published in 1971, I have chosen Judith Kerr’s children’s classic When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit to read for the fourth week of the German Literature Month challenge. Kerr was born in Berlin in 1923. Her family chose to flee Germany just before the Nazis came to power because her father, Alfred Kerr, a well-known writer, had openly criticized this regime. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is Kerr’s autobiographical novel about their flight.

The book begins just before the March 1933 election. Th
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Terri Lynn
Nov 01, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been meaning to read this since I was 12 in 1971 when it first came out and finally have gotten around to it. I'm glad I did.

This is the story of a nonreligious family of cultural Jews who were smart enough to get out of Berlin right at the time of Hitler's election. The father, a famous journalist and Nazi critic, got word that if Hitler was elected the Nazis were going to take his passport so he slipped out of the country to Prague and then to Switzerland a short time before the electi
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Kailee
Mar 06, 2013 Kailee rated it did not like it
This book is about a young girl and her family who move from Germany because they fear Hitler would soon be elected. The story is told from a young girl named Anna’s point of view. It starts off with just her average life; she goes to school, eats dinner with her family, and goes to bed. Her dad decides to move the family, because he is worried that if Hitler is elected that he would take his job away. At the time her dad is a journalist. They end up moving all around Europe.
I didn't enjoy readi
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Luis
May 31, 2013 Luis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bajo este curioso título se esconde uno de los libros para pequeños lectores que más éxito ha cosechado y que más ha contribuido a acercar a los niños a la realidad siniestra que se esconde bajo el panorama que llevó a la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Anna es una niña de 9 años de ascendencia judía que vive con su familia en Berlín. Su padre, un escritor muy crítico con Hitler, se verá en problemas serios cuando los nazis ganen las elecciones, y para proteger a su familia se llevará a los suyos lejos d
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Marc C.
Aug 18, 2011 Marc C. rated it did not like it
Such a bad book. It was so boring... When I first saw this book, I bought it. When I read it, I realized, I wasted my money. This book is such a waste of your time. The title sounds interesting but when you read it you would want to put down your book at your 4th - 5th chapter. I read the whole book anyways because I didnt want to lose my money.
Rebekah Morris
Even though this story was written for a younger age, I enjoyed it. It's not often I read a story of a Jewish family who actually left Germany before Hitler got power. The main character is the girl in the story and it gives a new look at life during the beginning of WWII for a refugee family. One think I did find fascinating is that it is a fictional account of the author's own experience of fleeing Germany to escape from the Nazis.
Note: This is not a "Christian" book. There is no praying, chur
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Florencia Bal Gal
De repente hace que se te haga un nudo en la garganta y unas paginas despues te saca una sonrisa y hasta alguna carcajada. Ligero y atrapante. Muy recomendable
Fiona
Jan 07, 2011 Fiona rated it it was amazing
having randomly picked up this book in registration at school, expecting it not to be great, after all it was in an english classroom and hadn't been studied at my school since 1995. i was very plesantly suprised to find that i very soon became addicted to this delightful story. instead of egarly waiting for my friends to come to regi so i could talk to them, i found my self cursing when they walked in the door, as it meant i had to stop reading. i'm a person that adores reading, however recentl ...more
Jazzy Lemon
Aug 27, 2013 Jazzy Lemon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jazzy by: No one. On my first reading, I found it by browsing the library shelves.
Judith Kerr's memoirs as a refugee from Nazi Germany are an important legacy. The hairsbreadth that separated Hitler from 'stealing pink rabbit' and their very lives is shocking and remarkable. The Pink Rabbit is her childhood and just as its eyes and fallen off and been sewn back on again, Anna learns to see things differently. It is a simply written and true story of a young girl growing up at a time when Hitler came to power, forcing her father, a well-known, humorous and very outspoken write ...more
Christina
Jun 16, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-jumanji
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit takes place in the 1930s and is told through Anna, who starts at 9 years old in the story, based on the author's real-life experiences. Adolf Hitler's face appears on posters in Berlin, her hometown, to vote for him in the election. He's going to stop the Jews. Anna's parents are Jewish and her Papa is a famous Jewish journalist. He flees to Prague temporarily as Nazi rule becomes prevalent. The family are then forced to leave their lives behind with Anna leaving he ...more
Pika-chu
May 12, 2016 Pika-chu rated it liked it
Shelves: school
When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit


Is a true life story from the author Judith Kerr. In the story it goes about the young girl ,Anna and her family being refugees , that have to escape from Germany before Hitler gets elected.

Anna a young girl having a normal life in Germany and not thinking about Hitler , then the day came where she and her family had to leave Germany because of them being refugees. Just then started a small adventure for Anna around some well known places in Europe.

The book show you
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Janet
Aug 01, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of Anna and her family’s flight from soon-to-be-Nazi-controlled Germany in 1933. Anna’s father is a famous author and is of Jewish descent. He knows that as soon as the Nazis come to power, which they will inevitably do, he will be arrested and so he leaves Germany for neutral Switzerland with Anna, her mother and her brother Max following on a few weeks later. They live in Switzerland for about a year but then have to move to France, and ultimate ...more
Kathryn
I read this in school at least once, but on re-reading it, I actually recalled very little of it! I was thinking that most of it was before and during the flight of the main character’s family from Germany, but actually, the majority of the story is after they leave! They live in Switzerland briefly and then Paris for a couple of years.

There were bits that were familiar, but for the most part, it seemed like a new book!! I also don’t remember realising at the time that this was the first in a tr
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Nihan
Nov 05, 2012 Nihan rated it liked it
Anna ve Max, Hitler döneminde yaşayan iki küçük Yahudi kardeş. Babası ünlü bir Hitler karşıtı yazar olan Anna henüz dokuz yaşında ve en sevdiği şey felaket şiirleri yazmak.

Hitler azılı bir çoğunlukla seçildiğinde Anna ve ailesi yaşadıkları ülkeden kacmak zorunda kalırlar. Babasının başına ödül konulan Anna önce İsveç sonra da Fransa'ya yapılan yolculuklarında sürekli okul değiştirmek ve yeni bir dil öğrenmeye çalışmak zorunda kalır. Ve tabi yahudi oldukları için Nazilerin tarafını tutan aileler
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Kerr :

Judith Kerr is a German-born British writer and illustrator who has created both enduring picture books such as the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea and acclaimed novels for older children such as the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit which give a child's-eye view of the Second World War.

Kerr was born in Berlin but left Germany wi
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