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

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  5,440 ratings  ·  430 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
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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Sally906
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
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
Bookguide
Apr 07, 2014 Bookguide rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
Luis
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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Alex Baugh
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
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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Janet
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
LH 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
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Kailee
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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Nihan
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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Sandy
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Katherine
This book is really well written I don't know where I can start, i got this book in my hands by a very well teacher, and at first I actually thought this book was pathetic. But once I started reading it, it had a good beginning that caught me like a hook that had clawed a fish. I was glad that it wasn't these type of books that have to lead to something to lead to another, no this book got right to the point. It also interested me because it is about WORLD WAR II, this was a really big part of H ...more
Chris
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The children’s book details a family’s refugee experience as they travel from Berlin to Switzerland to Paris and then to England. The story ends with the family’s arrival in England, undoubtedly because that presents some type of safety that Paris did not. The writing style is easy to follow and the adventures chronicled included adjusting to different schools and languages as well as hatred.
Sandy
This was a different type of novel dealing with Hitler, his regime and the affect he had on individuals. It wasn’t the heart-torn stories of concentration camps or hiding from the soldiers, this story dealt with a family adapting to life on the other side of the fence. Leaving the security of their home in Germany, Anna and her family moved around several times before they were finally liberated, in order to survive. The interesting focus in this story is that Anna’s father is a writer. As a wri ...more
Anna
I enjoyed this simple, short story about a 9 year-old girl in the 1930s. Although the pink rabbit is only mentioned once (possibly twice) it is a very interesting book. It didn't have as many details as I would have liked, so it's rather hard to "picture the scene", but I never once found it boring. The ending I felt was a little incomplete.
Marc C.
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.
Katy Noyes
Wish I'd read this as a kid. Really good autobiographical (fictionalised?) account of a childhood as a wartime refugee, from the writer of The Tiger who comes to Tea!
Heart-warming and nostalgic, you care for Anna and her family.
Jazzy Lemon
Sep 16, 2014 Jazzy Lemon rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Fiona
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
Lausº
El libro comprende la historia de la familia de Anna, en la que a causa de algunos artículos anti-nazi de su padre... se convierten en enemigos del país cuando Hitler gana las elecciones... La familia se ve obligada a emigrar por el miedo a las repercusiones que el partido pudiera tomar en su contra.

Retrata la época nazi desde la perspectiva de una niña refugiada, sobre los conflictos que sufre una familia judía que anteriormente se encontraba en un buen estatus social y que a costa de sobreviv
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Cammie
Nov 04, 2009 Cammie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children
Recommended to Cammie by: Pen pal from Germany
This story is about a little Jewish girl, Anna and her family who lives in Berlin, Germany. It started a while before Hitler won the elections. The day started when an police officer alerted Anna's father that they were going to revoke his passport. He leaves for Switzerland until the elections. At first, the remainder of the family would leave the day after the elections to see if Hitler would win but then decided to leave the day before just in case if Hitler won. [Later, they find out that it ...more
Fiona
I wish I’d read this book when I was a child, not that I enjoyed it any less for reading it as an adult. In fact, possibly I enjoyed it more because of course I know more about the historical background. However, I wish I’d had the experience of reading this when I was younger. Sometimes I would like to go back in time and introduce myself to all the books I’ve only got around to discovering in my twenties.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is told from the point of view of Anna and so the language i
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the never-ending library
Anna was one of my all-time favourite protagonists when I was younger, and re-reading her now I totally get why I fell in love with her rambunctious spirit and insatiable determination. It makes her so compelling to read and see the war from her hilariously unique perspective.

The book has this mad wonderfulness about it because the war for Anna was not so much about survival but about learning to be a stranger in a new place, throwing herself in at the deep end and finding humour in the endless
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Emma Walker
This story is about a young Jewish girl called Anna who is living in Germany in 1933. Her family suddenly explain to Anna that they will be leaving Germany and everything that they know. Anna, along with her brother and parents leave Germany for Switzerland. The story, written from Anna’s perspective, highlights the feelings and life of a young refugee.

I would recommend this book for pupils in upper key stage two and key stage three and I think that it would support learning about World War 2. H
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Chrissie
Mar 27, 2012 Chrissie marked it as to-read
Shelves: kids, hf, germany, bbc, bio
BBC will broadcast this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01d2bxg

Thank you, Laura, for telling me.

I have trouble navigating BBC. I missed that last parts, or at least I cannot find them. No, Laura helped me find the third part!

I have listened to the third part. :0) It seems that the trilogy is composed of
1.When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
2.Bombs on Aunt Dainty
3.A Small Person Far Away

There is a book here at GoodReads with that name.

I think Out Of The Hitler Time and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
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Jay
Given that Kerr wrote this about her own experiences as a young Jewish girl fleeing Germany in 1933, it's not surprising that this tale rang so true. While some parts are really only skimmed over, such as who Hitler was and why the family had to leave Germany in the first place, these were probably not the most important problems for a young child at the time. This is also somewhat different from other WWII novels/memoirs. This family escapes, and it's not the war that effects Anna so much as co ...more
Barbara Mader
Really liked it. A mainly autobiographical story. A well-written, sort of quiet book that is not so much about World War II politics or the first-hand witnessing of atrocities (none of the latter), but about a secular, Jewish family that flees Berlin in 1933, goes on to Switzerland, then settles in Paris for a few years, told from the point of view of a ten (to twelve) years-old girl. The story continues in a second and third book.

I think it's a good "entry" book about WWII for kids because they
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Claudia Starbuck
Brilliant! A compelling story, written in an easy uncomplicated way - making it suitable for readers of all ages. I want to read the other two in the series now.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Out of the Hitler Time (4 books)
  • The Other Way Round (Out of the Hitler Time, #2)
  • A Small Person Far Away (Out of the Hitler Time, #3)
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit / Bombs on Aunt Dainty
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Mog the Forgetful Cat The Other Way Round (Out of the Hitler Time, #2) A Small Person Far Away (Out of the Hitler Time, #3) When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit / Bombs on Aunt Dainty

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