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The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War
     

The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War

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by Phyllis Edgerly Ring
 
Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father's war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun.
Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did-that her mother and Hitler's mistress were friends.

The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna's.

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Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father's war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun.
Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did-that her mother and Hitler's mistress were friends.

The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna's.

Plunged into the world of the "ordinary" Munich girl who was her mother's confidante-and a tyrant's lover-Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes's help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler's mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.

Eva's story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna's journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780996546980
Publisher:
Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Publication date:
11/14/2015
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
316,651
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
The Munich Girl is an absorbing, historical memoir-esq novel, that interweaves fact with fiction, and will have you learning about historical events, whilst enjoying a beautifully told story. The book follows the life stories of three women. Anna, who at fifty years old is just discovering information about her mother that has been kept secret for many years, her mother Peggy, (who at the start of the book has recently died), and Eva Braun. If you’re not up to date on your history of World War Two, then you are probably wondering who Eva Braun is. Eva is the woman who stood at Hitlers side throughout the war. She was his mistress, the woman in the shadows. They were together for 17 years, before they finally married, and then committed suicide shortly afterwards. I knew of Eva, but the detail that has gone into the story is phenomenal, and helps people understand more about the woman behind the name. This is more than just about Eva though. It is about one woman’s quest to discover the truth about her parents, especially her mother’s past. Anna is consumed by her mother’s past, and digs deep into it by doing a lot of research. This is when she discovers that her mother was a long-time friend of Eva’s, and her interest in the past is heightened. Phyllis has combined a rich plot, full of believable and touching characters, and mixed them together with historical facts to create a gripping book that you will find hard to put down. The book did however start off very slowly for me, and I very nearly stopped reading. But, within a few chapters, something about the book held me within its pages, and pushed me to carry on reading. I am very, very grateful that I did.
jamarz More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book four consecutive times, but I did so with Phyllis Edgerly Ring's The Munich Girl. The first time I read it I galloped ahead at a great rate, so impatient to see what would happen next. This book is jam-packed with exciting events in the past woven in a tapestry of flashes of discovery in the present. It is a true reader's book and I believe that is one of the reasons I read it so many times. I was raised to read this book. My mother instilled in me a great interest in the Holocaust, and I wish she were still alive so that she could have read it herself. The book depicts in chilling detail the men who kept their women cooped up and put down, set against the lovely character of Hannes, a refreshing antidote to the controlling males in the book. I must say that I was surprised to realize that I came away with a slightly altered view of Hitler, who has traditionally been my number one evil man. This change was accomplished by descriptions of Eva's love for him and how he acted in her presence; but evil men aside, it's the women in this story who have the real strength, even in instances when they easily could have been seen as only victims. I was struck by two incidents of passages: the first was the dark hallway that Anna went through to get to the sky-lighted round room at the magazine office and her finding Hannes in that bright place. The second passage was when Peggy and Eva went up the dark stairs at the photographer's office and they entered into the room where Eva made Peggy feel so comfortable that Eva could take the superior photos of her friend. Each passage was a kind of birth. There is talk of a memoir to be written about how this story came to light and I am on tenterhooks until it is published!