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A Different Kind of Courage: Gretel's Story Paperback – 6 Aug 2009


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845965108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845965105
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By connie cymru on 17 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
It was good to read a war story about a far from ordinary German citizen who actively fought against the Nazi regime in her own small way. Gretel believed that even the smallest act of sabotage or smallest contribution (in her case, her involvement in the black market) could help in the fight against the Nazis. Anything she could do to throw a spanner in the works of an evil system gave her immense satisfaction. You can only marvel at her courageous acts of defiance and bravery as she went about her daily life, never sure who could be trusted and always mindful not to draw attention to herself and those she sought to help. She lived a life fraught with danger and it's good that her story has been told.
A compelling, wonderful story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. S. L. Lunt on 16 Sep 2009
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This book had me hooked from the start. What a life this woman had. Would recomend this to all. Very easy to read and you just can't wait to find out what happens to her next. What a life!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Mahoney on 19 Aug 2009
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I am biased, it is about my mother but the stories told to me as a child are all the more remarkable when written in this way by Claudi. A moving story, one I am personally proud of and grateful to the Author for her efforts in making it public.

Read it, it's good!

A Different Kind of Courage: Gretel's Story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2014
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A Different Kind of Courage is a biography, one of many that largely centres on and around WW2 although it starts some years earlier and coincides with Hitler's rise to power. What is unusual is that it is the story of a young woman who was forced by circumstances to work within German wartime government. However, she was opposed to almost everything they stood for and helped to expose some of the workings of the Nazi machinery by passing information to the Allies. Unlike many of the biographies that had surfaced in recent years, this is original and recent and not a reprint of a 1940s-50s original. The subject was then in her 90s and the co-author is another, younger German citizen.

Much has been written about the opposition to the German occupation in various countries and the existence of local Resistance movements who often worked with and were organised by agencies such as SOE. Less often written about is the internal Resistance movement within Germany. It existed, was sizeable but was essentially invisible. If you opposed Hitler or his regime or were just suspected of doing so, your life would be very short. Opposition was difficult, had to be cleverly organised and was essentially secret. Those who were exposed generally paid with their lives and sometimes the lives of immediate family members and friends.

To all intents and purposes, Gretel Wachtel was an ordinary young woman, quite unremarkable to the casual observer yet she achieved so much. Unusually, she was later trained to use the Enigma encoding machine. Common perception is that the machines only had a military role but they were a normal tool of government at the time (as were Telex and fax machines in the recent past and e-mails today) and routinely used to transmit messages between locations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Heidi McGuinness on 20 Aug 2009
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The blurb promised this book to be spellbinding and it certainly was; I was not disappointed for one moment.The book is written in a very digestible way, I devoured it in one sitting, I simply could not put it down. The story is engaging from the outset and Gretel's life during the war certainly was remarkable and yet credible. I found the story deeply intriguing and moving, it has led me to want to know more about this topic. Gretel certainly was an incredible lady who had enormous strength of character, it was interesting to consider the events of the second world war from this perspective. I feel that it is of historical importance that Gretel's story and others like it are told and the author must be congratulated for her dedication to the research and having the commitment to tell the story. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on 20 Aug 2009
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I was aware of the extent of the French Resistance during World War 2, but not the strenghth of resistance to Hitler and what he was doing in Germany.

This is a fantastic true story of a feisty young woman in Hamburg who refused to forgo her humanity when all others around her were loosing theirs.

I am honoured to have know her !

Cindy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roz on 18 Dec 2012
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I found this a bit lame compared with some of the outstanding novels and faction war books. Eg alone in Berlin and the spy who loved. Howver I think it would be a good one to start with for anyone interested in what went on within Germany during Hitler's dictatorship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Evans on 25 April 2010
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An interesting slant from the usual books surrounding the second world war period. Gretel Wachtal provides a fascinating insight in to the life and suffering of the German people during the war. She was a plucky, strong woman and her "enjoy today" as you don't know what will happen tomorrow attitude makes her appear frivolous, however, her actions and small acts of resistance in a highly dangerous time are admirable.

Loved the book and couldn't put it down. Just wished for a little more on her life after the war.
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