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Some Girls, Some Hats And Hitler: A True Story Paperback – 12 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844088081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844088089
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating romance, a tribute to the love that beat Hitler' Daily Post

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'A fascinating romance, a tribute to the love that beat Hitler' Daily Post

Vienna, 1938: Trudi Miller, young, beautiful and chic, designs hats for the smartest women in the city. She is falling in love with Walter, a charming and charismatic businessman. But their idyll is about to end. Trudi and Walter are Jewish, and as Hitler's tanks roll into Austria, they know they have to flee. Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler is an incredible true story that moves from Vienna to Prague to blitzed London, as Trudi desperately seeks a safe place for her and Walter amid the horror engulfing Europe.

'Trudi was a natural writer; her prose fizzes with vitality, energy, humour and a pin-point recall of what she regards as beautiful . . . One hundred and seven years after her birth, she seems now to be a heroine for the modern age: successful, independent, smart and determined'
From the introduction by Linda Grant

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To be honest, i didn't have high hopes for this book. I've read so much about this period in hitory i was stupid and thought that i could read nothing new. I really was stupid! I only picked this book up because the cover is so lovely, and then i saw it had an introduction by Linda Grant, a writer i really like so i thought why not!
The book turned out to be one of the best i've read in a long time. Trudi is a loveable person, and the way in which she writes makes everything absorbing, i finished the book in two days, i almost cried when i read the ending on the jubilee line, must have looked slightly strange, but hey!
Trudi's decriptions of war time London are fasinating, as is her earlier time in Vienna. I also found her writing about the style and fashions of the time more interesting than i thought i would (it's a theme in the book, don't let it put you off if you're not interested in fashion, she writes in a very intelligent way about it, using it to describe someones personality that usually turns out to be true for example!)
It really bought back the harship of the times, for the Jewish people and others in Vienna and other parts of Europe, and also for Britian in a way in which is personal rather than academic, and will make you stop and think, and realise the love between husbands and wives and parents and friends made the period in time bareable, and all writen in an easy-to-read way by a likeable person! I'm currently trying to hunt down the unedited 1984 version! Cannot recommend the book highly enough!
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'Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler' is Trudi Kanter's part biography of her life in Austria in the years building up to the Second World War and of her escape to England in 1938 - but, more than anything else, this book is an elegy for Trudi's beloved second husband, Walter.

In Vienna, just before the Germans entered and took control of Austria, Trudi Miller, a young, chic and very attractive milliner had her own business designing and making hats for the most elegant of the women in the city. Separated from her first husband, Trudi met Walter, a handsome, charming businessman and fell deeply in love with him. They made plans to marry and looked forward to a happy and productive life together, but Trudi and Walter were Jewish and when Hitler's army entered Vienna and the persecution of the Jews began in earnest, Trudi realized that they must leave their home before Walter was interned. This book is the story of their flight from Vienna to London and of the experiences both Trudi and Walter encountered during the years of World War Two.

Trudi Kanter wrote this book with enthusiasm and energy, describing her millinery designs to the reader and explaining the importance of fashion to the women she met and designed for. She described how, although she and others were living through terrible times, women still wanted to look as good as possible, and how something as seemingly unimportant as a new hat could have a significant impact on the morale of the wearer.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect with this memoir. Like many people I'd read widely on the Holocaust, second World War and the Nazis. But the style of this book was totally different.....it's personal and tells the story of two individuals and how they coped as Europe was overrun by the Nazi machine. Starting in Vienna and moving to London via Prague and Paris Trudi and Walter are two ordinary people who just happen to be Jewish. Trudi is a clever, shrewd and very perceptive person and because she looks around her she notices things - what is happening and how things might and do get worse. Walter is much more 'wait and see' type of person - left to his own devises he would have been swept up in the Holocaust as so many of his relatives were. Trudi's inventiveness and persistence pay off and they manage to get the necessary papers to travel to London. Yes, luck does play a part, but it's also a case that she grabs the chances that come their way. Then there is also the kindness of strangers, like the immigration officer and the taxi driver that help her on her way.

More than anything though, this is a love story, yet told without rancour and with wit and charm. I'm just glad that I read this book, and felt sad when I finished it.
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I loved this book. I have read much of the detailed more academic writings about this period but this book is all the more powerful for it's brevity and simplicity. My mother came to London in late 1937 from Vienna and as I turned the pages I expected to see her mentioned as one of Trudi's friends amongst the Viennese community in London. Trudi's accounts of the situation in Vienna and what she encountered when settling in London rings so true with what my mother has told me. This book will stay with me for a very long time. My favourite book of 2012 so far.
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