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Out Of The Hitler Time: "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit", "Other Way Round", "Small Person Far Away" [Paperback]

Judith Kerr
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10 Nov 1994
This trilogy is a largely autobiographical account of how Anna and her family flee Germany in 1933, travelling to Switzerland, then France, then England. In London during the Blitz, Anna is an "enemy alien". After the war she returns to Berlin where her mother is very ill, and must face the past.

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  • Paperback: 810 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (10 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000675077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006750772
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She is best known for her children's books, both self-illustrated picture titles such as the 17-strong Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and novels such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Other Way Round, which tells the story of the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany from a child's perspective.

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Acclaim for When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit:

‘… a compassionate introduction to the whole subject of World War II…’ Books for your Children

‘… an extremely exciting adventure story…’ Daily Express

‘… a charming and touching book, often very funny…’ Daily Mail

‘… exact, intelligent and unsentimental.’ Sunday Telegraph

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Anna was a German child when she had to flee from the Nazis before the War. By the time the bombs began to fall she was a stateless adolescent in London, and after it was all over she became a happily married Englishwoman who had put the past behind her – or so she thought.

In Judith Kerr's internationally acclaimed trilogy 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Other Way Round 'and 'A Small Person Far Away', we see the world through Anna's eyes as she grows up – from her much loved family to Hitler's holocaust.

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin and left Germany in 1933 to escape the Nazis. Her novels are based on her own experience.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the complete omnibus 9 Jan 2008
If you are thinking of getting this edition instead of the three books individually, be aware that it does not contain the complete text of the last, A Small Person Far Away. I don't know about the other two but the cuts for the third were considerable. However, this in no way detracts from the power of the story. This book should be read by as many people as possible, in whatever form.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating... 30 Nov 2003
Although this book is technically a children's book I loved it. It is easy to forget that war didn't just affect the men on the front-line, and this book takes us on the journey of the life an every day family. Anna's family may be Jewish, but they are not a religious family, and Anna only knows she is a Jew because her Father tells her so. This must have been very confusing for a child. The story is based on the true life of the author, which adds meaning to the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars direct, honest and deep 19 Dec 2005
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This trilogy , fictionalised as it is, is really Judith Kerr's own story of her family's escape from Nazi Germany at the time of Hitler's accession to power, their stay in Switzerland and then England, deprived of the comfortable lifestyle they had in Berlin (her father was a successful and highly esteemed writer), her first steps in the world of creative art (and a parallel love affair) and then, in her third book, her return in the 1950s to Berlin to visit her ill mother. It is written very simply and directly, as for a young person, but there is nothing childish about it. The directness makes it both powerful and moving. I have never read such a 'real' personal account of the Blitz, for example. I came to these books through the writer's children's books about The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, classics both. These three books are a different kind of thing, but it is easy to see the link between the gentle humanity of the children's books and this trilogy. Strongly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly amazing 2 May 2011
By oliette
For my 13th birthday I got a book card and I was deciding on books to buy. My mum picked up 'When Hitler stole pink rabbit', I dismissed it because it was in the childrens' section but later I found 'Out of Hitler time' in the teenage section, I flicked through and bought it (mainly because it cheaper buying the whole thing rather than the books separately!)I started Pink Rabbit as soon as I got home and enjoyed immensely; it was easy to read and humorous. I began the 2nd book but couldn't get into it, I don't know why because when I picked it up again last month (I'm almost 15 now, and wondered if the books would be too childish for me) I was sucked in all over again! The other two are just as good as the first, only for teenagers- and adults would probably enjoy them too. The 3rd one particularly is more adult, it deals with family tragedy, and although the least happens, it is, in my opinion the best! In my German class now we are reading Pink Rabbit (Als Hitler das rosa kaninchen stahl' and we are working our way through that and we love it!
I would recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys a nice, easy read on a Sunday afternoon :) read it, it will stay with you for a long time... <3
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'A very motivating and capturing story' 22 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This story will bring tears to your eyes.
It's based on the experience of the author's childhood. It's starts of as a Jewish girl named Anna who has everything in the world she needs. Her dad is a very rich writer. Then Hitler comes along wanting to rule over Germany. So they have to escape to Switzerland to live quite poorly but travel with Anna and her brother Max into a lot of adventures and tragic moments that you will never forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back again 10 Feb 2011
Every child should read these stories. If the child in your life is an avaid reader you should choose this omnibus edition so that they can follow the central character through each phase of the evacuation and reinvention of life as a refugee. There is a lot of modern racism about assylum seekers so you do not have to be a child of the forties or Jewish to feel the relevance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars These work brilliantly put together as a trilogy 30 Oct 2000
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I was fascinated by the way that the authorial voice changed and matured with Anna. Things that seemed puzzling and simplistic in When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit, take on more meaning as Anna grows in maturity and understanding. Tremendously readable and does a brilliant job of bringing the enormous subject of WW2 into the scope of a child's understanding without being overwhelming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing true story, well told 27 Jun 2014
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Having only known Judith Kerr as the author and illustrator of Mog books, I learned at Edinburgh International Book Festival (2013) that she had written this trilogy about her early life and her escape with her parents and brother from Nazi Germany at the very moment when Hitler came to power. They stayed in Switzerland for a while, then Paris, but then moved to London.

Although he had opposed Hitler openly and in writing, like so many German refugees from Nazi Germany, Kerr's father was unable to obtain work in Britain, so life was hard for the family. Yet this beautifully-written book, told initially through a young child's perspective, is without rancour.

Each book in the trilogy traces different stages of Kerr's early life and the first part is now used as a text book in German schools to explain what life was like for many there during 'the Hitler Time'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life as a child refugee from Hitler
I read when Hitler stole Pink Rabbit as a child and always wished I knew what happened next, when I discovered there were actually two further books I jumped at the chance to read... Read more
Published 1 month ago by milosmum
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
I enjoyed this book very much. This is the first time i've ever purchased Judith Kerr but I would do so again. A good read.
Published 5 months ago by Matilda Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I could hardly put it down.
A very interesting book. I bought this copy to give away to friends as a Guest present when I stayed with them in Düsseldorf. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. M. L. Dimmick
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book by a great author
I previously read the first two books in this trilogy so thought it would be nice to have all three combined in one volume
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Noreen Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
A very good book containing very strong experiences in the second world war. This should be a good read for those who survived WW2.
Published 19 months ago by Raymondo
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, entertaining and educational
My 10 year old son got these books for Christmas and has enjoyed them enormously. He wouldnt have chosen them himself (in his own words the covers look quite girly which is odd... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by A. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating glimpse into lives past
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Beginning with "When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit" Judith Kerr begins her fictionalised account of her family's life just before the Second... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars vivid and moving
I never read `When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' at school but picked up my daughter's copy which I enjoyed very much and decided to buy the whole omnibus. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2009 by Sarah A. Brown
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