By Phyllida Scrivens,Shirley Williams

Escaping Hitler is the genuine tale, masking 90 years, of a fourteen-year-old boy Günter Stern who, whilst Adolf Hitler threatened his family members, schooling and destiny, resolved to flee from his rural village of Nickenich within the German Rhineland. In July 1939 Günter boarded a bus to the border with Luxembourg, illegally crossed the river and walked by myself for seven days via Belgium into Holland, reason on catching a ferry to England and freedom. the end result was once now not precisely as he had deliberate.

The writer amassed her info via interviews with Günter, referred to now as Joe Stirling, and with these closest to him. in the course of an emotional ‘foot-stepping’ trip in September 2013 the writer visited Günter’s birthplace, met with a college good friend, found the condominium in Koblenz the place he fled following Kristallnacht in 1938, drove the direction of Günter’s stroll via Europe and retraced the ultimate steps of his mom and dad ahead of their deportation to a Nazi dying camp in Poland in the course of 1942.

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