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  • WWII

    A world war II drama with two storylines. We see Germany and the rise of Hilter and the way through the eyes of a young german girl. It was interesting to see how she saw what was happening around her and the effect it had on her and her view of the world. It did drag a bit in the beginning because there wasn;t much happening storywise with a lot of musing, but the pace picked up in later chapters. Then we see Berlin after the war through the eyes of a young US soldier. He witnessed the aftermath of the war on the ordinary German people ;iving in a ruined city, totally defeated. This book tells a story that is not told a lot. It was a very interesting read.

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  • Important story everyone should read

    As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors I have read many books on this topic. This book was a little slow to start but as soon as i got to 50-60% I couldn't put it down! It was very interesting to me to read about how German citizens viewed the war. I loved watching Liesel’s character grow as the book flashed between two time periods. This would be a great discussion-able book club book! I would recommend this book to others both as historical fiction and a great lesson on decision making. Thank you to Kate Hewitt, Bookouture, and NetGalley for a copy of this intriguing story due to be published February 25, 2021.

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  • What would you do in the face of evil?

    What would you have done as an average citizen in Nazi Germany? Would you have confronted evil or collaborated to protect your life? That’s the question asked by THE GIRL IN BERLIN, which makes it such a gripping and heartbreaking hf read. We first see the country through the eyes of young Leisel Scholz, who lives a sheltered life in 1936, with her chemist father, who has ties to high Nazi officials. She’s not aware at first of the distressing changes in the city until she meets Rosa, daughter of the Scholz’s Jewish housekeeper, who opens her eyes to the growing hatred and violence against Jews. Soon she feels she MUST help Rosa and her family, no matter the cost. We’re re-introduced to Berlin in post-war 1946, a broken city when American Captain Sam Houghton arrives to try prominent Nazis and assist in the rebuilding. His assistant, Anna, has secrets unknown to him related to the Nazi Party — and to two young girls who became friends when the world shattered. I promise, this one will break and reshape your heart! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 25 Feb 2021 #TheGirlfromBerlin #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

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  • A story of courage

    Have you ever wondered what you might have "done" if you grew up in Germany in the 1930's: would you have supported Hitler and the Nazi's with enthusiasm or in fear? Or would you --could you-- have done anything to resist or fight back? Liesel Scholz is 14 years old when she goes to the 1936 Berlin Olympics with her father, a chemist who's development of synthetic rubber has put him in favor with the Nazi's. Although Liesel's father initially seems to quietly laugh at Hitler, he is ambitious, and his success has led to invitations to socialize with the Nazi elite, provides his family with a beautiful home and access to things like coffee when others are going without. But it is a slippery slope, and as WWII starts and progresses, Liesel looks for ways to resist or fight back without putting herself or her family in danger, while her father is drawn deeper into collusion. The story was a bit slow at times, but I found the "ethical" questions compelling (would you put your own life -or that of your family- on the line to stop unconscionable evil?). Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

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  • We Can Dare to be Brave

    We Can Dare to be Brave A heartbreaking story of one young girl coming of age in one of the most turbulent times in history. How one young mind is bombarded by propaganda from not only outside forces but also her own father. She never believes in Hitler or his views, but she feels compelled to obey her father first from love, then from fear. What would any young person due when faced with obedience to her father or the loss of his love. To protect a mother and a younger brother what would a young person do? Choices had to be made and often those choices caused pain for others as well as for the young girl Liesel. When Liesel was fourteen the Nazi’s began to make their mark on Germany. It gradually became worse and at seventeen her father was having Liesel attend parties with him at the homes of high ranking Nazi’s such as Goring. Pictures taken at these parties later came back to haunt Liesel. Liesel saw her father turn from a loving father that made fun of the Nazi’s to a hardcore Nazi even calling the Gestapo on the former Jewish maid and her daughter that Liesel hid in the attic causing Liesel to hate her father. The book deals with the horrors of WWII under the rule of the Nazi’s, but it also deals with the German people and especially Liesel and her family. The two young people Fredrick and Liesel and how the propaganda changed each of them. The fear of being denounced by a Maid or a neighbor just for speaking a word against Hitler or a disagreement with his policies. The story is also about an American named Sam that is working with the government of America to find scientists, especially chemists that could help them and to prosecute war criminals. This story is about one family and how all the members were affected before, during, and after WWII. The ending is very different and unexpected, but it is a good ending for the story. I would recommend this book. Thanks to Kate Hewitt, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy of the book for an honest review.

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