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Gretel's Story: A Young Woman's Secret War Against the Nazis (Paperback)
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Gretel’s Story is the spellbinding account of a free-spirited young woman in a world where few dared to speak up. Living in Hamburg, Germany, Gretel Wachtel witnessed the disappearance of her best friend during Kristallnacht, the infamous night of atrocities against the Jewish population in 1938, and endured constant bombing of her beloved city. An unguarded anti-Nazi comment resulted in her being forced to work in an ammunition factory, but she never lost her desire to fight the totalitarian regime.
She married a resistance fighter, helped a priest to protect those hunted by the Gestapo, hid her Jewish doctor in her home, and passed secrets to the resistance, and in 1945 was arrested and taken to an internment camp. Gretel Wachtel was an ordinary person thrust into extraordinary circumstances, one whose wartime experiences are nothing short of astonishing.
About the Author
Gretel Wachtel was born in Germany in 1915 and was twenty-four years old when the Second World War began. She moved to England in 1945, where she remained until her death in 2005. Claudia Strachan was born in Germany and in 1993 she moved to England, where she met Gretel. She spent the next nine years researching Gretel’s story.
Praise for Gretel's Story: A Young Woman's Secret War Against the Nazis…
“Well-written and succinct…[Gretel Wachtel’s] defiance of the Gestapo and her willingness to serve time in a concentration camp gives Ms. Wachtel special status, similar to others like Oskar Schindler.”
– New York Journal of Books
Gretel's Story reads like a novel... but it is also a most interesting history of what happened in Germany during the Third Reich. Wachtel’s friendship with high-ranking officers who were anti-Hitler members of the Wehrtmacht, the failed plot to kill Hitler, the tragic British bombing of two vessels containing Jewish camp survivors, and our heroine’s machinations with the charming Brits of the occupying force makes for fascinating reading.
--Jewish Book World