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Chocolate Cake With Hitler

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  61 reviews
"My turn!" says Uncle Leader, who has been watching us. He wants his photograph taken with me too. "You, Helga Goebbels, are my favourite girl in the whole world," he says. "If only you were 20 years older!" He leans over me, his smell like the furniture in the servants' quarters. The photographer is laughing. Papa is laughing. But I don't take any notice. I turn right awa ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Short Books
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Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 60-books-in-2011
This book allows you to see WWII through a German child's eyes, and it's no secret as to how this book ends. I've read about how the Goebbels (father was the Nazi's head of propaganda) brought their six children to the Hitler's bunker in Berlin, where they were later killed in their beds after the Russians completely took over. I always found it horrifying that a mother could believe in a cause so much that she would kill her children rather than let them live in a world without it. "Chocolate C ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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I discovered this book in the fantastic second-hand bookshop in Wantage - that place is like an Aladdin's Cave but I always come out with huge bags of books so I can't allow myself to visit too often.  Discovering a novel told from the perspective of Helga Goebbels was one of my best finds yet - I have been saying for years that her story and that of her siblings needed to be told.  Murdered by their parents in Hitler's bunker during th
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found this book resting at the back of a shelf in my school library. Having learnt about the Nazi Germany period in History and getting tested on it in June, I thought it would be a good idea to have a read. It looked interesting too and is a true story. I kind of had to pick it up.

Synopsis: This tells the story of the final days of Helga Goebbels living in the underground bunker with her family and Hitler in April 1945. At twelve years old, she is stuck in the double level bunker with no new
Katherine Kreuter
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think this would have been a better magazine article than a novel, as the underlying facts are interesting. But even when embroidered with motivation and inner thoughts, those facts aren't enough content to justify the full-length treatment. The writer was clever to structure this in flashbacks that explained the lead-up to the end, as well as a daily diary of those final days. All good. But in a way the writer was too bound by those facts to give us more than supposed thoughts and feelings. P ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Although this is work of fiction, the history and the outcome are true to fact. The book is written from the perspective of 12 year old Helga Goebbels, who along with her entire family, died in the bunker with Adolf Hitler at the end of World War II. It explores the innocence of the children who had no idea how serious the situation in Germany was and how they placed their total trust in their parents and Uncle Leader (Adolf Hitler.) The book is a quick read. It brings to light the fact that eve ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Story of the final days of the Third Reich told through the eyes of Helga Goebbels. A touching enough read that imagines how the 13 year old might have viewed her last days in Hitler's bunker and her experience of the war preceding the downfall. A nice companion to the film Downfall, in which the scene of the Goebbels children's poisoning by their mother is haunting and arguably the most memorable. However, it feels as though the author has perhaps unnecessarily crowbarred some of the trivia fro ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! An amazing book. It's about six siblings and their parents--their Papa is Head of Propaganda for the Nazi Party--who are living in a bunker with Hitler--'Uncle Leader'--and other high-profile Nazis in the last ten days of their lives. The ending felt tragic without being melodramatic or over-the-top and the whole idea of the story is fascinating.
May 24, 2010 added it
this book is an amazing read. i was entranced in it. at the end i just cried and cried. i cant believe its a true story.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chocolate Cake with Hitler by Emma Craigie - Good

Oh, this was an interesting read (and the last of my parallel read with Muriel Spark's short stories). It's a fictionalised version of Helga Goebbels' life as if written by her.

It begins with a photograph being taken of Helga and 'uncle leader'. The author has taken the body language of the child as she leans away from Hitler and spun a whole story of Helga and her life and how it ended in a bunker in Berlin as the Russians approached.

Marion Roux
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling and sad read - fact and fiction combined.
Helga, is the oldest daughter of the Goebbels family and she is the narrator of the book. She is 12 years old and tells of the time spent with Hitler et al in his bunker in 1945. She, with her 5 siblings, is taken to this multi-floored bunker a week before Hitler's suicide. Her parents are also there but are more concerned with proving their loyalty to the Fuhrer than spending time with the children.
Helga recalls her life leading up to this tim
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I am a bit disappointed with this novel. I wasn't a fan of the way the novel bounced back and forth in time. It was confusing unless you paid specific attention to the title of the section with gave the year. There were repeated recollections that I didn't understand. For instance, more than once Helga mentions her mother telling them they would need a shot, a vaccination to prevent disease from soldiers but I would assume it would have been said only one time.

The novel's concept was intriguing
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read with my 14 year old daughter who had been researching the last days of the Nazis/Hitler for the past couple years while writing her own book about Hitler's dog Blondi on which he tested out the cyanide. I can't speak for how kids who haven't learned about this would like this book, but my daughter really liked it. It has some quirks re: point of view that are a bit clunky but we weren't too bothered by it. It tells the sad story very well.

World War II, WWII, Germany, Berlin
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, (as I have a liking for all WWII books), but this one was really different and interesting is the sense that you are used to reading about the war from a Jew's perspective, as appose to a German's. Although my one criticism was that the characters were not really explained/ introduced, which made the story a bit hard to follow at the beginning, so I think the character log should've been at the front of the book instead of the back.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in some of the most shocking times in history, this is told with childhood naivety. Many of the details are about everyday life - as unusual as it was. The actual historical events are shocking, particularly what happened to the Helga and her siblings. I enjoyed how the author has imagined what children might think of Hitler and his behaviour.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting story, but a lot of exposition which made it kinda boring.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read. I never before knew that the Gobbel children were in the bunker along with their parents and I like how the author used Helga as a narrator.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Educational quick read. Based on fact but told as witnessed by a child.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
i liked this book but the truth about what really happened was very sad, would not recommend this book.
Stephanie Lee
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good fictional description of Helga Goebbels’s life and her family. The historical fact really haunted me and I was glad that someone wrote a book about it.
Sacha McLaren
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This year i have really gotten into historical fiction so this book was a delight to read!
Hope Tikvah
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel a little depressed after reading this tbh. I might need a few days to process things. But it was great! Really!
Daisy H
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a powerful book that is so innocent in its telling.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
based on the true story of the short life of helga goebbels, daughter of the head of nazi propaganda, chocolate cake with hitler is a heartbreaking, sobering novel of what it was like to grow up surrounded by the highest of nazi politicians before and during the second world war.
it’s fair to say this book devastated me, especially after learning it was based on a true story, and my heart went out to the helpless young children indoctrinated by such monstrous people, and not ever having a chance
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This incredibly touching story is narrated by 12 year old Helga Goebbels, the daughter of Hitler's propaganda minister. I was immediately drawn into the story which is a mix of the ten days the Goebbels family spent in the underground bunker with Hitler, and flashbacks of earlier times.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
‘Chocolate Cake with Hitler’ by Emma Craigie is a gripping fictional tale of Helga Goebbels, 12-year-old daughter of the Nazi’s head of propaganda. During the final days of World War II, Helga is brought to Hitler’s underground bunker with her younger brother, four sisters and mother and father. She has always lived a sheltered life, and throughout the book tells of her memories leading up to those few days in the bunker. Helga tells us of her happy memories, while conditions in the bunker get w ...more
Charlotte Phillips
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it
It seems a bit strange to read a story about people who actually lived with Hitler in his underground tunnel. Perhaps because it is not something that we are taught or told. All I was merely ever told was that it was believed that Hitler killed himself when he knew he had lost and that no good had come of his plans at all. But the story is a very pulling one that really seems to paint a whole new perception in the readers mind. It really seems to show how life for the Germans was just as torturo ...more
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a book I looked for for a long time, only to find out that it was not distributed widely in the US (if at all). My sister found a used copy on What's up with that?

I believe this is called historical fiction. The framework is true enough, the story of Goebbel's family coming to Berlin in the remaining months of WWII, and literally spending their last weeks in Hitler's bunker. The bare facts are hair-raising. As one can read in wikipedia, "The Goebbels children were the five d
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
During the final days of World War II in April 1945, twelve-year-old Helga Goebbels, daughter of Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, is brought to Berlin, along with her younger brother and four younger sisters, to stay with her parents in Hitler’s bunker in Berlin. Having spent much of her childhood sheltered from the horrors of the war, Helga can now see that something is terribly wrong. She is old enough to know that despite attempts to maintain a sense of normalcy for the children, the ...more
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