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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive debut
New literary forays into the Second World War and Europe's experience of Nazism are fraught with danger.

Sixty years on, it is of course well trodden territory - for the historian, the documentary maker and the novelist. With wall to wall saturation coverage of Hitler and the Nazis most nights on satellite TV's History Channel - surely just awaiting re-branding...
Published on 18 Aug. 2006 by TIMOTHY SUTTON

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1.0 out of 5 stars I am just getting to the end of this book ...
I am just getting to the end of this book, found it very interesting, also could not put the book down at many times. Very well written, what a lot they went through in that war. Also what a huge effort in finding everything out and to make sure that you had to get it correctly written. Congratulations. B Byrne
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive debut, 18 Aug. 2006
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New literary forays into the Second World War and Europe's experience of Nazism are fraught with danger.

Sixty years on, it is of course well trodden territory - for the historian, the documentary maker and the novelist. With wall to wall saturation coverage of Hitler and the Nazis most nights on satellite TV's History Channel - surely just awaiting re-branding to the 'Second World War Channel' - and with images from Auschwitz, Stalingrad, the London Blitz or the bombing of Dresden seared into our brains, is there anything new left to say?

Hingston's book suggests there is. It doesn't matter how many querying films, books or documentaries we pour into the black hole of the soul that was Nazism, a key question remains: how did the Germans allow Nazism to take hold? And why did they put with it for so long?

Hingston book doesn't pretend to answer these questions head on but he nonetheless provides quite a few clues in his remarkable and extraordinary story of Ditha Bruncel and the 23 British and Commonwealth POWs she helped to escape from Lossen in Upper Silesia. Even more remarkable because Ditha falls in love with one of them, Gordon Slowey, escapes with them in a prolonged, tortuous journey and dangerous journey and ends up marrying him in England. (Although not before overcoming the suspicion and obfuscation of the sceptical British authorities back home).

But this is far than just a love affair amidst an exciting and twisting escape story, although the story provides a riveting read at that level. The real insights lie in the detail and minutiae of the life of Bruncel and her family - good and loyal Germans all - in Lossen under the Nazis waiting in fear for the approach of the dreaded Russians as the War on the Eastern Front reached its horrible denoument.

Alienated and morally disgusted by the Nazis, afraid of the Russians - Buncel's story reminds us that many Germans under Hitler just had to survive as best they could and with as much integrity as they could. But they were truly between a rock and a hard place and we should not rush to judgement from our comfortable and distant viewpoint.

Bruncel, now in her 90s, is Hingston's Aunt,and the story relies heavily on her personal tesimony. In less skilful hands, this might have degenerated into a morass of unverified sentimental memories. But Hingston was a journalist in a previous life and it shows: he quietly sifts, filters, checks and balances and this is a well researched account written with careful neutrality and economy.

Finally in an interesting aside to his main narrative, Hingston appears to be the first writer to unearth evidence that suggests that Churchill's famous 'invention' of the phrase 'Iron Curtain' may have been less than original...

All in all: this is an exciting narrative, a thought provoking read and a very impressive debut.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable wartime escape/love story, 13 Sept. 2006
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I very much enjoyed this meticulously reearched and well-told factual story. The author brings the skilled journalist's telling eye for detail to the tale. As well as finding myself absorbed in the developing escape and love story and the characters of the main protagonists; I found the first person eye-witness reportage fascinating in the details it reveals of what it actually felt like to live as a non-Nazi in wartime Germany.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True Love in a Very Cold Climate, 17 Aug. 2006
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D. O. Hoare (Surrey, England) - See all my reviews
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INTO ENEMY ARMS is no traditional `dig your way out and make your own way to Sweden' wartime escape story, instead it is more the thrilling love story between an escaping RAF prisoner of war and a young German girl from Silesia. Michael Hingston's fascinating, and true, account of their hazardous journey is set against the backdrop of the frightening lives of non-nazi Germans in the 30's and wartime 40's and the even more frightening behaviour of the Russian army destined to `liberate' their country in 1945. Impeccably researched and told in vivid detail you share the day to day lives of the two lovers facing countless dangers and deprivations as they inch their way to England and freedom only to find further hostility before they can be finally united. This will appeal to history buffs, `escape story' aficionados and lovers of true romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and researched and a real page turner with ..., 24 Nov. 2014
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Well written and researched and a real page turner with the benefit of being a true story. Shows WWII from a different perspective - Germans living under a brutal dictatorship they did not agree with but were also powerless to oppose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner, 18 Sept. 2014
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Great read! Informative and engaging, a page turner. Made me realise how hard it was for anti- nazi Germans and how little choices they were left with
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 17 May 2014
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Lovely story of forbidden love with interesting facts about the holocaust from both a British and German prospective. Definitely worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars German victims as well......, 29 Nov. 2014
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You always wondered how and why the German people behaved the way they did between1933 and 1945, this book will satisfy your curiosity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Donaldson's Review, 19 July 2006
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A. M. M. Donaldson (Marlow, England) - See all my reviews
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A really gripping read. If you like your true stories of wartime conflict full of romance, heroism and danger - with the constant fear of a tragic ending just around the corner - then this is definitely a book you should read.

Wonderfully written and exhaustively researched, it unfolds more like a thriller than a biographical account. And, let's face it, where was the beatiful heroine in "The Great Escape"? Easily comparable and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, heart warming, 25 Feb. 2014
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Heart warming and heroic tale of a young girl in love! Couldn't put it down, going to tell everyone about it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into Enemy Arms, 15 Aug. 2006
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N. J. Price (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This is not a book I would normally have bought, but once I started reading it I found it difficult to put down. Into Enemy Arms is not just a revealing story of what it was like to be a non-Nazi in Hitler's Germany but a moving love story full of drama and tension that reads more like a novel than wartime history. I found it truly compelling and I am sure that other women readers would too.
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