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Hadamar - The House of Shudders

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Nazi Germany is ruled by Hitler’s barbaric policies of racial cleansing. Ingrid Marchand’s only sin was to be born black.

Horrifying institutions like Hadamar are where the undesirables – including the mentally and physically disabled and children – are systematically tortured, gassed and executed. It is where Ingrid is humiliated and brutalised and will encounter a depth o
Paperback, 417 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Big Sky Publishing
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‘As World War II loomed, Hitler authorised the implantation of Aktion T-4, a eugenics program designed to rid Germany of unwanted or undesirable citizens. The program’s headquarters were in Berlin, at number 4 Tiergartenstrasse, but its day-to-day operations took place in various institutions around the country, including the southern town of Hadamar.’

Hadamar: The House of Shudders, written by Jason K. Foster, author, poet, journalist and history teacher, is
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book has really rattled me. I thought I knew how awful Nazi Germany was, and I thought I knew of all of the atrocities the Nazis committed. But Hadamar tells of a part of Nazi history that seems to have been partly forgotten.

Hadamar was a real institution where mentally and physically disabled children were brought to be systematically murdered, because they couldn’t serve the Reich in any productive manner. Black children were also brought here to aide with the ‘ethnic cleansing’ that
Brooklyn Tayla
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
RTC upon my posting date for the AusYABloggers Review tour of Hadamar, 27th November.
"If there's a Heaven, I think I deserve a place in it. If there's a Hell, it couldn't possibly be worse than where I've already been. If there's nothingness... then at least I will be able to forget, and finally find some measure of peace."

Those few sentences at the beginning of this novel indicate just how horribly wrong things are going to be in this novel. It was voiced by a much older Ingrid Marchand, the protagonist of this novel, and it is a precursor to her story of living through hell on
Becky Johnson
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would first like to thank AusYaBloggers and Blue Sky Publishing for gifting me this incredible novel to review.
I also received a second copy which I am giving away on my IG account Beczenbooks

This novel was an incredibly emotional read which sheds light on the happenings of Hadamar during the devastating WWII.
I have never before heard of Hadamar until I read this book and am grateful that this story has been released. These stories are full of the memories of those lives that have been lost,
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't imagine what life must have been like for Ingrid. The colour of her skin betraying her at every stage of her life, being told she was stupid and disgusting and simple, because her mother married a man of colour. It breaks my heart to see how far people went, based on a horribly wrongly perpetuated belief. Ingrid was assaulted, steralized, tormented, taunted and even raped, because of the colour of her skin.

Hadamar, is one of the best books I have read, that focuses on a rarely discussed
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Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew Hadamar: The House of Shudders would not be an easy read. But in saying that, it’s not meant to be. The scale of devastation is heartwrenching, and absolutely incomprehensible. Though utterly harrowing, I was gripped until the very end. The world simply needs to take this history, this story, and learn from it.

The barbarity of any war story should heed a warning to the young and those with the faintest of hearts. *Warning: some content and visual imagery may be confronting, particularly
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one cut me to the quick. My heart literally hurt for Ingrid and it wasn't even what they did to her that fractured her soul, but the loss of those she cared for time and time again...and yet she still had this un-conquerable inner strength that no amount of hatred could dim the light of.

It was so hard to read about the atrocities that man committed against man, but I must tip my hat to the author for providing the human side to a few of those that were on the other side of good. He was abl
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hadamar was a tough book to read. It’s not that it was poorly written, because it wasn’t. It was vivid, and compelling. However, the subject matter is pretty dark, given that the book is set in a hospital the Nazis created in order to kill those people (children and adults, though a lot of children) that they felt were not proper Germans, or were disabled or wrong.

Despite the dark subject matter, the book was compelling, and especially the protagonist, Ingrid. Ingrid is of mixed race, with a whi
Clare Snow
I read this as part of the AusYABloggers Review tour of Hadamar. Thanks to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I wish I hadn't signed up for the tour. I didn't enjoy reading and I wished I could DNF. I plowed on and things didn't improve.

The story was interesting and I learned things about Nazi Germany that I didn't know. A lot of the book read like non-fiction. Writing it as non-fiction would have improved many of the problems I found with the book
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hadamar: The House of Shudders is based on true events that happened during the World War II in Nazi Germany. Readers are introduced to Ingrid, a young teenager of African descent. She is taken from her mother and sent to Hadamar. Hadamar was an institution that the Nazis used to send children and those with mental and physical disabilities. This place was definitely a house of shudders and a house of horrors. People were tortured, starved and killed. Ingrid does what it takes to survive in this ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was a truly haunting read. By the end of it, I was shaking and felt sick to my stomach. The fact that people who committed such heinous and inhumane crimes existed - and still exist - makes me so angry and upset.

This is such an important novel.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Having grown up in Belgium, which was occupied by Nazi Germany during WWII, I have always been drawn to stories about this war, despite the violence and brutality of this period. Many stories focus on the genocide of Jews, whilst some touch on the murder of political opponents and resistance fighters. This is, however, the first book I read that described the stories of the other people at the mercy of the Nazis: the disabled, mentally ill and people with gypsy or African heritage.

I found Ingri
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went to high school in the 1990s, and every year, we did something on the Holocaust. Just about every story looked at the Jews and how they were treated. Around year 8, I read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, and wanted to know more about the Christians who had helped the Jews, and others who were deemed ‘undesirable’, such as the gypsies, homosexuals, disabled, and so on, but there were limited books available, and none that we were given to study.

Imagine my reaction when I discovered Had
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Review originally published on my blog here!
CW: Rape, Bullying

A thought-provoking read based on true events that occured in The Holocaust- focusing on Ingrid, a girl of colour- who has been sent to Hadamar under the T-4 program.

The book follows Ingrid's plights during the course of her stay at Hadmar- including assault, sterilisation, bullying, and rape. This is written from a reflectional point of view, and as a result, I enjoy it as such- even though this type of book is typically not my type
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Jason Foster is an author, poet, journalist and History teacher at Jamison High School in Sydney’s western suburbs. He holds a Masters Degree in History and is currently studying a Diploma in Languages (Spanish). He has taught in Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Argentina. He has been published in American History magazines, Australian travel magazines and poetry anthologies in the United ...more

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