Daughter of the Reich

This was a very good book and a very good audio.  I really enjoyed it.  Having read many historical fiction books about the holocaust, this was a slightly different take on the subject.  The main character, Hetti, from childhood was brought up to believe in the righteousness of the Hitler regime.  Her father was a high level leader in the party. She lived a privileged life with her mother, father brother and good friends.  Walter, a dear friend of handsome blonde-ness, actually saved Hetty from drowning.  She probably started loving him then!  Walter was Jewish.  And thus the story begins.  

I found this book to be engrossing as I watched Hetty’s character develop, as she learned from Walter, Erma. Karl, her parents and teachers how the world was working.  Ever a free thinker, Hetty began to piece together what was happening.  How could she reconcile her love for the fuehrer and what he professed for the German people and what she saw happening.

As one reads books like this, one constantly learns new things.  I was not aware of the “kindertransport”. It was an organised rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War.  The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Nazi-occupied Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland, and the free City of Danzig.  The children were placed in British foster care, hostels, schools and farms until they could be reunited with their parents…..many times that reunion never happened.  The programme was supported, publicized and encouraged by the British government until it ended at the outbreak of the war.  In total, approximately 10.000 kindertransport children had been brought to the United Kingdom.

This was a debut novel by the author and well researched drawing on intense research and family history.  

Well done!