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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

(Out of the Hitler Time #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  15,270 ratings  ·  1,202 reviews

Partly autobiographical, this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War

Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in Germany any longer. Suppose you found, to your comp

Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published by Harper Collins (first published 1971)
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Linda Collins I'm 67 years old and I just finished this! It is great perspective from a child's point of view of the early years of WWII. Enjoy it as a lighter read…moreI'm 67 years old and I just finished this! It is great perspective from a child's point of view of the early years of WWII. Enjoy it as a lighter read for you.(less)
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Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 again
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
I read this as a buddy read with Goodreads friend Hilary, for the first time; it wasn’t her first time. I’m so grateful she told me how much she loved the book when she was a child and finally inspired me to get it off my to read shelf. It was a great book to buddy read. There was so much to discuss and it was so much fun. We were flexible each day with how many chapters we read and at some point we started reading our chapters at the exact same time, 8 time zones apart. That made the reading ex ...more
I reread this childhood favourite as a buddy read with Lisa Vegan. This was a wonderful book to read as a buddy read, so much happening in short chapters made it really enjoyable to discuss each day after reading.

This is a very readable book, ideal as a read aloud or reading to yourself. Interesting for any age to read and a very interesting book for children as we experience the start of war through 10yr old Anna's eyes. There are two parts of the book, each only a paragraph long that aren't su
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Thurs. May 23rd, 2019
This is one of my all time favourite books from my childhood. I borrowed it countless times from the library as a child and remember being ecstatic when Santa surprised me one year with my very own copy. It's just been announced this morning that the author Judith Kerr died yesterday after a short illness. I will forever hold her and her brilliant books in a special place in my heart. RIP Judith. Thank you so much for your wonderful stories

I found this wonderful BBC doc
For me, one of the most important things to realise if one wishes to read Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is that her semi-autobiographical children's novel is in my humble opinion NOT an account of the Holocaust but rather a story of how when and immediately after the National Socialists gain power in 1933 Germany, the first individuals to really feel the wrath and hatred of Adolf Hitler and his ilk are generally the Nazis' political opponents, Socialists, Communists, politically ac ...more
Nov 14, 2014 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
Jana Heinzelmann
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
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book. Such an amazing way she describes her life as a child refugee from Germany in the 1930s , both sensitive, lively and intelligent, Anna is such a lovable child xxx
I absolutely adored this book and gave it full stars mainly after watching the Judith Kerr documentarydocumentary . What I appreciate more now is the naivety with which many children saw the danger of war through. Anna is excited about leaving the country and become a refugee in Switzerland, France and the UK and this innocent ignorance is fascinating and more like John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle-Grade Readers (or Anyone Else) Looking for Excellent World War II Era Stories
It comes as no surprise to discover that this outstanding British children's novel, which chronicles the childhood experiences of a young German Jewish girl named Anna, whose family must flee their comfortable home shortly before the 1933 election and resultant Nazi rise to power, is based upon Judith Kerr's own life-story. So convincing is it, so real does it feel, that I found that I had to continually remind myself that it was fiction, rather than autobiography. Opening in Berlin, where the o ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sophie Crane
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
After hearing a Holocaust survivor, Eve Kugler, speak at a Holocaust memorial day event in my department last week, I read this book, aimed at older children but really for readers of all ages, which is a fictionalised account of the author's own childhood experiences in Germany in the early 1930s. Her father, journalist Alfred Kerr was a prominent Jewish journalist and critic of the Nazis in Berlin. Warned of a plan to take away his passport, he was able to smuggle his wife and children to Swit ...more
Lydia Bailey
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve no idea how this escaped me as a child (I would have devoured it) but extremely thankful to find it as an adult. A really wonderful & uplifting read of the pre war era in Germany as the Nazi’s started their climb to power which must actually have been terrifying to live through (for the adults at least).

Best of all, it’s the first of a trilogy by the wonderful Judith Kerr so now it’s time for Bombs on Aunt Dainty! (Hurrah for Christmas book vouchers;)
Emma Wiegman
This book is brilliant, the story is heart warming and a new favourite of mine. I liked how it focuses on a child's confused/ever so slightly naive thought process of the First World War. It shows Anna's pure excitement and slight anxiety about becoming a refugee in Switzerland, then France and finally England.
I am going to make sure I have a copy of this book in my classroom.
John Anthony
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel based on her own experiences. Anna (the central character, JK in effect) grows up in Germany until 1933 when she moved to Switzerland as a child and thence to France and Britain. Her parents, non practising Jews, anticipated Hitler’s electoral victory in 1933. Her father, an influential journalist was on the Nazi’s ‘wanted’ list.

Very readable and interesting, viewing the lot of the German refugee through the eyes of children (including her brother Max). An interesting feel for life in G
Beth Bonini
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Although this book is about Jews living in Germany, I hesitate to call this a Holocaust book as the story begins in 1933, and the author and her family were able to get out of Germany and live in Switzerland and then France, before the shit really hit the fan.

This was a chance find in a free book bin of battered books at a used bookstore. Despite the title, the pink rabbit doesn't play any real part in this, it's nothing more than a passing reference to one of the author's possessions that was l
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A special book for me - I had my Syrian refugee friend read it aloud as she is learning English and there were so many things that she could relate to in Judith Kerr's story. In these changing times, reading about a family whose comfortable lives were turned upside down - they no longer have a home or even a language - makes you reflect on the fragility of things that we might take for granted. ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of a Jewish family escaping from Germany at the start of the Nazi regime told through the eyes of a child who was there. Extremely moving.
Alex  Baugh
Nov 25, 2011 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
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookguide by: ApoloniaX
Shelves: germany, wwii
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
Terri Lynn
Nov 01, 2012 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
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Why can’t we stay in Germany? Will we ever come back? Where will we live? All those questions run through Anna’s mind. It’s 1933, and pictures of Hitler are everywhere. When he rises to power, Anna and her family are forced to leave their home behind. It is no longer safe for Jews to live in Germany. Fearing for their safety, Anna’s family move to 3 different countries in the course of a few short years. Anna must learn new languages and customs and make new friends. Each time she is finally mak ...more
Vicki Antipodean Bookclub
“For a moment she felt terribly sad about Pink Rabbit. It had embroidered black eyes - the original glass ones had fallen out years before - and an endearing habit of collapsing on its paws. Its fur, though no longer very pink, had been soft and familiar. How could she have ever chosen to pack that characterless woolly dog in its stead? It had been a terrible mistake, and now she would never be able to put it right.”
Somehow I managed to get through my childhood never having read When Hitler S
Daisy May Johnson
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
Mar 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nina ( picturetalk321 )
A moving and lovely autobiographical story of Kerr’s refugee childhood. The language is clear as sparkling water; this is beautiful to read. The adult reader is haunted by the allusions woven in. The 10-year-old protagonist does not understand when Uncle Julius says “I have nothing to worry about [in Nazi Germany]; I’m not Jewish, just have this Jewish grandmother.” The adult reader feels a cold shiver run down her spine. The book is full of such moments but at the same time is also full of chil ...more
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
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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Judith Kerr was 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 with her parents and her brother, Michael, in 19

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“We’ll come back,” said Papa.
“I know,” said Anna... “But it won’t be the same - we won’t belong. Do you think we’ll ever really belong anywhere?”
“I suppose not,” said Papa. “Not the way people belong who have lived in one place all their lives. But we’ll belong a little in lots of places, and I think that may be just as good.”
“Herhalde ünlü olabilmek için kötü bir çocukluk geçirmek gerekiyor diye düşündü Anna.” 1 likes
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