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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

(Out of the Hitler Time #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  11,088 ratings  ·  887 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

Paperback, 191 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Random House (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
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
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
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 01, 2011 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
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.
Nov 26, 2014 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
Emma Wiegman
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Beth Bonini
Nov 09, 2015 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
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.
Nov 27, 2010 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
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
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
L.H. 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
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 (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
I still love this as much as ever.
Alex (not a dude) 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
Hannah Mead
When you are nine, things happening in the outside world shouldn’t bother you, right? Yes, grownups fret and worry, but you are a child, so you don’t. That is how it should be. But that is not how it was for nine year old Anna, in 1933. All of a sudden, that strange grownup world of worry and fear tore into her safe childhood bubble. There was a strange name on everyone’s lips – Hitler, and there were far too many secrets and whispered conversations. Anna’s world as she had known it for her whol ...more
Mar 06, 2013 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
3.5 stars

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is a story of an eight-year-old girl called Anna who is forced to evacuate her country, Germany, when Hitler gets elected. Her dad is a writer and writes against Hitler, which makes them a target for the Nazis. Anna and her family have to go to various countries and have to learn to adapt to the foreign customs.
The title of this book (When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit) is actually a reference from the author's stuffed pink rabbit that she accidentally left behi
Jazzy Lemon
Aug 27, 2013 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
This is the first in Judith Kerr's autobiographical trilogy of novels, written for older children/young adults.

She tells the story of herself, named Anna in the novel, her brother Max, and their parents' escape from Germany just days before Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power.

Judith Kerr's father had been a prominent writer and broadcaster, who was very vocal in his opposition to Hitler's politics. He also happened to be Jewish. This made his and his family's lives doubly perilous. Thanks to
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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.
Marc C.
Aug 18, 2011 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.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
From BBC Radio 4:
The story of a Jewish family fleeing Germany in 1933, told through a child's eyes.
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Kristen Kooistra
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My mother read this to me as a child and the title and general idea of what it was about has bounced around in my head since then. I finally decided to pick it up again and read it(which felt like for the first time since I hadn't retained any details, just a feeling that I liked it).

Based on the author and her experiences, this book provides a unique insight to WWII from a child's perspective.

It's easy to let Anna's voice of adventure and naivety sway you into thinking that what is going on at
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What i loved most about this book was that nothing really went wrong. Usually in books like these something goes terribly wrong and they all get caught and it's upsetting to read. I also loved that Anna (who was a child) wasn't down played in her intelligence or understanding of the situation which i thought was very realistic. in fact, the whole thing was realistic probably because it's a true story. Absolutely brilliant lovely little book reminding us that there were people who successfully es ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
an incredible book but the ending was very brief
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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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