Das Haus (The House) in East Berlin is the true story of two German families - one Jewish, the other not - whose paths first crossed in Nazi Germany and 70 years later again in the United States in the quest to have a house, which was located in the former East Germany, returned to its rightful owner. You will find out how the two heirs, who started out as antagonists in the 10-year struggle over the ownership of the house, ended up co-authors of this book. In fact, the turbulent history of 20th century Germany, from World War I through the Nazi era, the Soviet occupation of East Germany, the rise and fall of East Germany, all the way to the post-Cold War struggles to determine the rightful heirs to a property sold by a Jewish family to a member of the Nazi Party a half-century earlier, are all part of the story of Das Haus.
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Das Haus tells the real world story of the reclaiming of a house by both the son of a nazi and the daughter of a jew who had lived in the house at different times during the Nazi reign in Germany. The book takes a unique approach to the topic, switching between Art, the son of a Nazi who had lived in Germany at the end of the war, and Melanie, The daughter of a jew who fled to England before it was too late. This interesting writing style allows the reader to experience the events from both perspectives. While the plot was not especially enthralling, mostly talking about the legal struggles of the two in reaching agreements and in confirming ownership of das Haus, the backstory of how each was connected to the house and how their lives had gone after the war were of great interest. Not only did they provide insight into the horrible conditions of Nazi Germany and East Germany, but they also told real American success stories. Stories of families coming from a foreign country and finding success and prosperity in America. Due to the writing style and general content, I do not believe that the book would make for a great movie, nor do I think that it is a great book for schools. This book I would only recommend for people who are fascinated by WWII and Nazi Germany.