This haunting short novel explores the Holocaust from a rarely told perspective. Following a school history assignment, Hannes, a German boy, is disturbed by dreams that transport him back to the 1930s. There, he is persecuted by fellow students and teachers because Hannes is disabled, and like the Jews and "social misfits," the Nazi regime has labeled him "not worth living." Although his mother rushes to protect him, his father seems intimidated-even swayed-by the Nazi propaganda. Meanwhile, the dreams themselves are becoming all too real and Hannes begins to fear: Will he escape this nightmarish world in time to save himself?
A boy's journey into his country's chilling past that will encourage thought-provoking discussions about the history of the Holocaust and what it means to be "different" in today's world.
Translated by Anthea Bell.
About the Author
Reinhardt Jung was born in Germany in 1949. After working as a journalist and advertising copywriter, he joined an international children's organization, and later became head of children's broadcasting in Stuttgart in 1992. Mr. Jung died in 1999.
Anthea Bell is a well-known translator of German and French.