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  • People Like Us

    People Like Us takes place in Germany during the 1930’s, life is good for the Heinrich family and they have just moved into a beautiful house in Leipzig. Hetty's father is a busy man, Hetty, her mother and her brother Karl don’t question what the head of the household is up to, he works hard for their family and very long days. Hetty attends school at the local gymnasium, here she’s taught what every teenage German girl needs to know, the curriculum has been changed and it’s all about making Germany great again and they're being brainwashed. Hetty starts to have doubts, she maybe a spoiled teenage girl, but she can’t understand why Jewish people are being treated so badly and she knows some nice Jewish families. Hetty almost drowned when she was eight her brother’s best friend Walter saved her and he is Jewish. But Karl, cuts all ties with Walter, his childhood friend is shunned and he’s no longer welcome at their house. Hetty also learns the shocking truth about her father’s job he’s working for the SS and how he obtained the house the family is living in. The brown shirts start targeting innocent Jewish people, including children and older people. Their property is taken from them, they are bashed in the street, publicly humiliated, charged a fortune to try to get a passport and to leave the country. It’s very interesting to read about the German perspective as they head towards fighting in another world war, its scary what they think is necessary and right. Hitler had a plan for human progression, it’s not just Jewish people he wanted to eliminate, he wanted to create a super race, of pure Aryan blood, he believed this will stop crime, hereditary diseases, insanity and create scientific advancement. Hetty is horrified to discover her father also believes this, he thinks Hetty should marry a German man and produce perfect blond haired blue eyed pure Aryan babies. Hetty has major issues with what her father wants her to do, she hopes to finish school and dreams of being a doctor, she doesn’t want to be used as a German brood mare and she has fallen in love with Walter, he is of course Jewish and every time they meet they risk being arrested. I couldn’t stop reading People Like Us, the book is very different to other WW II historical fiction I have read and I really liked it. The story is about two young people trying to go against the Nazi tide, finding the courage to keep going as they fight to survive and try desperately to be together. Five big stars from me.

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  • Thought-Provoking, Compelling Read!

    I'm not sure I can manage to put into words how I feel about this book - but I'll do my best. Hetty Heinrich is the epitome of the perfect German child in the 1930's. With her father an officer in the SS, a brother desperate to join the forces and a mother who does everything expected of her as a dutiful wife, Hetty believes in everything the Fuhrer expects of the people. Until she falls in love with Walter .. beautiful, blonde-haired blue eyed Jewish Walter . . . This is a good solid read, not to be rushed. A novel to wallow in, to savour - and probably one of the most thought-provoking I've ever come across. Each time I've put the book aside - to eat, to sleep - I've had so much to digest. I thought I knew about the second World War and the time leading up to it (studied for my O-level History), but I realise now that there was a whole chunk of information missing. It's quite clear that there has been meticulous research by the author who has then went on to write a compelling story, incorporating lots of historical fact alongside what is a heart-wrenching tale. This is not a book I will forget anytime soon, and I urge everyone to continue reading beyond the epilogue in order to find out the importance of writing this to the author. All-consuming and beautifully written, this is one novel which deserves the highest of accolades and I feel five glowing, sparkling stars are barely enough. An amazing read!

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  • People Like Us

    Such an emotional read. No matter how much you hear, see,read about the atrocities that happened during Hitler's reign, this story brought a whole different side to the lives of the people living it. A beautiful book, gut wrenching and disturbing . I hope we never have to live that in my lifetime or ever. Thankyou for a wonderful read.

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  • Excellent

    A very interesting book showing the way young Germans were brainwashed by Hitler's views.

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  • People like us

    An interesting historical novel about the indocrinated hatred of Jews in pre-war Nazi Germany and how one girl fought against it.

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