An account of surviving the Holocaust and the Allied bombing of Hamburg as a young girl: “Stirring . . . candid . . . [An] important historical account.” —Booklist
Marione Ingram grew up in Hamburg, Germany, in the late 1930s and early 1940s. She was German. She was Jewish. She was a survivor. This is her story.
As a young girl, Marione was aware that people of the Jewish faith were regarded as outsiders, the supposed root of Germany’s many problems. She grew up in an apartment building where neighbors were more than happy to report Jews to the Gestapo. Marione’s mother attempted suicide after receiving a deportation notice—Marione revived her, but then the bombs started to fall, as the Allies leveled the city in eight straight days of bombings. Somehow Marione and her mother and sister survived the devastating firestorms—more than 40,000 perished, and almost the same number were wounded. Marione and her family miraculously escaped and sought shelter with a contact in the countryside who grudgingly agreed to house them in a shed for more than a year.
With the war drawing to a close, they went back to Hamburg—where Allied troops reinstalled the local government—made up of ex-Nazis—and surviving Jews remained second-class citizens. Eventually, Marione would take shelter at a children’s home and met Uri, a troubled orphan and another of the “Children of Blankenese.” Uri’s story, a bleak tale of life in the concentration camps, explores another side of the Nazi terror in Germany, in this stirring account of World War II through the eyes of a child.
“Finely delineated details distinguish this memoir . . . A well-honed tale of momentous courage and strength.” —Kirkus Reviews