A Frost in the Night: A Childhood on the Eve of the Third Reich

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It is Germany in 1932, and Hitler is rising to power. This critical place and time in modern history is poignantly re-created through the observations of a young Jewish girl named Eva, who is caught up in the sense of dread shared by the adults around her. Edith Baer has written a novel distilled from memory, love, loss, and sorrow which depicts a girl's impressions of a nation beginning to destroy itself and an entire way of life. A Frost in the Night was nominated for the National Jewish Book Award and won the ...
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Overview

It is Germany in 1932, and Hitler is rising to power. This critical place and time in modern history is poignantly re-created through the observations of a young Jewish girl named Eva, who is caught up in the sense of dread shared by the adults around her. Edith Baer has written a novel distilled from memory, love, loss, and sorrow which depicts a girl's impressions of a nation beginning to destroy itself and an entire way of life. A Frost in the Night was nominated for the National Jewish Book Award and won the Arnold Gingrich Award for Literature when it was first published in 1980. FSG's reissue coincides with the proud occasion of the publication of its long-awaited companion, Walk the Dark Streets.

Relates the experiences of a young Jewish girl growing up in a city in southern Germany during the period of Hitler's rise to power.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This story is about a Jewish child growing up in Germany as the Nazis come to power. Although it's a novel, it's so realistically written that my first reaction to the end was to say, "But what happened to her?" Eva's world of school, friends, and family is falling apart even as her parents and grandparents try to believe that everything will turn out for the best. But try as they might, they can't shield Eva from childish slights by Christians, teachers, or old "friends" suddenly won over by Hitler's promises. The end comes after a bout of measles, when the news reaches her that Hitler has been elected Chancellor of Germany. The story continues in Walk the Dark Streets. 1998 (orig.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394843643
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1980
  • Pages: 224

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