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  • Daughter of the reich

    I normally only. Read non-fiction, history or biography. But, this book was written after a lot of reasearch and with a lot of knowledge of the subject and an effort for accuracy. Also, being told though the life of a person, it read like a biography. So it fit nicely into my likes.

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  • Mesmerizing and heartfelt

    When I received the advance copy of Daughter of the Reich from LibraryThing I fully expected to enjoy it, because the WWII era is one of my favorite historical periods to read about. But I did not anticipate such a riveting, powerful book that would so perfectly capture the rise of the Third Reich and the tide that swept the average German along with it. The story begins in 1933. Hetty is just a child and her brother’s friend Walter has just saved her from drowning. The story then quickly moves to 1937 when she is a preteen and focuses on the two years before WWII started. Things have changed. The Heinrich family has moved up in the world, into a big house with servants, and her father has suddenly become an important man. Things have changed in Germany but life is good. Why question Hitler’s views and actions since they have benefitted so much from them? Hetty is still a child used to doing what her parents tell her so apart from noticing that some of her teachers are no longer at school and Walter isn’t around much anymore none of this really makes much of an impact on her. A chance meeting with Walter gives her a glimpse of what life is like “on the other side” but she finds it hard to accept. She can’t believe Walter is a Jew. How could she have not known? He doesn’t look or sound like a Jew, he says he is still a German and loves his country, but she knows now that the Jews are evil and dirty and greedy and the cause of all the bad things that have happened to the German people. It must be true; Hitler says so. So can she trust Walter, or is his true and cunning self just coming out now? Author Louise Fein does a spectacular job of presenting the gradual but inexorable change in life in Germany. School, news, religion, recreation, jobs - everywhere you look the message is clear: the Germans owe everything to Hitler, they are the chosen people, pure, special, destined for great things. But in order for this to happen the Jews must be punished, removed, contact with them stopped. It seems amazing that the Germans so quickly went along with Hitler’s practices and policies, but they were inundated, surrounded, overwhelmed by propaganda. And well aware what happened to those that resisted. Hetty is slow to question her beliefs, even as her feelings for Walter become stronger. How can everything she has been taught, everything she has felt about her Fuhrer, be wrong? But how can her love for Walter be wrong? Aren’t people just people? Daughter of the Reich is spellbinding and mesmerizing. It’s intense with some parts hard to read, but there are pockets of love and joy and hope. Thanks to LibraryThing and publisher William Morrow/Harper Collins for providing this very enjoyable read that I highly recommend. All opinions are my own.

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  • Great

    So interesting and enlightening to read a story from the other perspective.

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  • Daughter of the Reich

    I loved this book!!! I couldn't stop reading. I can't wait to read her next book.

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  • Daughter of the Reich

    Gripping! Must read Shows you what the result of racism can produce

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