Gretel's Story: A Young Woman's Secret War Against the Nazis (Paperback)
The spellbinding account of the life of a young woman in Hamburg during the Second World War. Gretel Wachtel bore witness to the disappearance of her best friend during Kristallnacht, the infamous night of atrocities against the Jewish population in 1938.
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.
“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