Saturday, June 12, 2021

The House on Schellberg Street


Renate Edler loves to visit her grandmother in the house on Schellberg Street. She often meets up with her friend Hani Gödde who lives nearby. This year, though, it is not to be. Just a few weeks after a night when synagogues are burned and businesses owned by Jews are looted, Renate finds out a terrible secret about her family.

At a time when the world is at war and the horrors of the Holocaust are slowly becoming apparent, Renate has to leave behind her home and her friends, and become somebody she never thought she could be.

The house on Schellberg Street needs to stay strong. Will it and those who work in it be strong enough? Will Renate ever feel at home again? And what of those left behind?

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'This is a lovely take on the kindertransport phenomenon. The story is told partly through the experience of one girl sent to England at the dawn of the Second World War, to escape persecution because of her Jewish ancestry, and partly through the exchange of letters of a number of young women who experienced the war in Germany. There is a link between Renate, the transported girl, and the letter writers, and this link is slowly revealed to us as the war progresses. Like many good stories, it's a mixture of real-life and imagination, and it rings true.

In an added twist, the personification of the Third Reich has a voice in this book, and makes its own unpleasant but effective contributions to the story.'
'This is a great cross-over book with an appeal to teenagers and adults alike. It gives an insight into how people's lives were torn apart by the war and how they managed to adjust and survive. A must-read for anyone studying World war II. Anyone who enjoyed 'The boy with the striped pyjamas' will love it.'
I really enjoyed this. I know many ladies of this generation and in and from Germany, and it has a clear ring of truth to it.    
ISBN: 9781910542231

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