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Out of the Hitler Time: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Bombs on Aunt Dainty, A Small Person Far Away Paperback – 7 Oct 2002

4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (7 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007137605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007137602
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 thought she had put the past behind her.

This omnibus edition of the three volumes of Judith Kerr’s Hitler trilogy, tells her story beginning with the rise of Hitler in 1933 through to her return to Berlin years after the war.

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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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By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Dec. 2005
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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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By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2003
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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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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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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 them. Written by the renown author of 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' and the 'Mog the Cat' books this is a lovely biographical insight of a German Jewish Dissident fleeing the Nazis s with his family told from the point of view of Judith who started the war as a little girl protected by her parents and ended as a young woman caring for them. A great story teller showing life inside that long terrible moment in time.
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A wonderful book. Had only read "When Hitler stole pink rabbit" as a child and never realised that Anna's journey continued in two other books. Became aware over Christmas when I read a newspaper biography of Judith Kerr.
I believe semi autobiographical, this book is a very enjoyable insight into the life of a WW2 child refugee.
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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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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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