The story of a young boy who escaped Hitler and the Holocaustand lived happily ever after.
Escaping Hitler is the true story, covering ninety years, of Günter Stern who, at fourteen, when Adolf Hitler threatened his family, education, and future, resolved to escape from his rural village of Nickenich in the German Rhineland. In July 1939, Günter boarded a bus to the border of Luxembourg, illegally crossed the river, and walked alone for seven days through Belgium and into Holland. He was intent on catching a ferry to England and freedom, but the outcome of his journey was not exactly as he had planned.
Scrivens gathered her information through interviews with Günter, now known as Joe Stirling, and with those closest to him. During an emotional ‘foot-stepping’ journey in September 2013, Scrivens also visited Günter’s birthplace, met with a school friend, discovered the apartment in Koblenz where he fled following Kristallnacht in 1938, drove the route of Günter’s walk through Europe, and retraced the final steps of his parents prior to their deportation to a Nazi death camp in Poland during 1942.
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About the Author
Phyllida Scrivens lives with her husband, Victor, on the River Yare in Norwich, England, with swans, geese, and ducks for neighbors. Since ten years old she has loved to write. Her successes include articles for magazines, short stories, monologues and one-act plays. At the age of sixty she fulfilled a long-term ambition when awarded a masters in biography and creative nonfiction from the University of East Anglia. But it was a weekly biographical interview feature, Meeting People, published during the nineties that unwittingly prepared her for this debut full-length biography.
Table of Contents
List of Plates vi
Illustration Credits xii
Author's Introduction xvi
Family Trees xviii
The Travels of Gunter Stern, July 1939 xx
Prologue: Visitors 1
Chapter 1 Child, 1924-1939 3
Chapter 2 Schoolboy and Soldier, 1939-1945 35
Chapter 3 Parent and Politician, 1945-1955 67
Chapter 4 Businessman and Lion, 1955-1970 99
Chapter 5 Tour Guide and Sheriff, 1970-1980 134
Chapter 6 Employer and Grandfather, 1980-2000 165
Chapter 7 Retirement 182
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Only the first half of the book is of any historic value. The second half is just worthless prattle.