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Joanna After reading The Book Theif and seeing various things on TV recently, I was wondering are there any books out there written from the perspective of the German people on the home front of WWII. I've tried looking but not coming up with much. Can anyone help?


Anna Hi Joanna. You could try The Past is Myself by Christabel Bielenberg. It's written by a Englishwoman who marries a German lawyer in 1934 and moves to Hamburg and (with bad timing) gives up her British citizenship. She and her husband are anti-nazi so have to be careful but she finds herself sympathising with the ordinary people, especially other mothers. She describes the rationing, bombing, fears of the Gestapo, and day-to-day struggle to bring up two small children. It's very good


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Ky Look into Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. It is through the point of view of a girl named Gretchen Müller who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf. Her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet. Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And then Gretchen meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen.

Seems pretty good in my opinion.

~Kyla Marie Rich : )


Joanna Thank you both. Off to look for them now!


German Embassy Book Club There is also a wide body of exile literature that is worth looking into if you are interested in Germany during that time period. Anna Seghers, Stefan Zweig, and Bertold Brecht are more reactionary writers, but knowing that they are exiled gives a whole new perspective to their work.
That being said, Life after Life by Kate Atkinson had a pretty interesting taking on WWII as a whole.


Kirk Not exactly what you asked about, but Inside the Third Reich is a first person account from a major Nazi figure.


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Sarah Nelson "On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood" by Irmgard A. Hunt

I always carry a book, but I've never spent as much time explaining what I was reading as when I had this book with me!


Melinda Brasher Stones from the River, by Ursula Hegi, is an amazing book, part of which takes place during WWII. Hegi was German-born, but moved to America when she was 18. It's a strange book, but I highly recommend it.

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi


Linda The Boy in the striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is a really good book about the child of the man, who is the commander of Auschwitz and his friendship with a jewish boy. I loved this book because of the perspective of a five year old.


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