Summary Of "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" By Judith Kerr

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“When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” written by Judith Kerr, is a heartwarming tale of a young German girl named Anna, who must flee her home country before Hitler is elected. The book is a reflection on the Authors own life, and was published in 1971 when her son, after watching the Sound of Music, commented “now we know what it was like for mummy as a little girl!” Kerr wanted him to know what it was actually like, and so, wrote this novel. The book gives a distinct child's perspective on the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany and the experience of being a refugee, reflecting the Judith Kerr’s positive feelings about her own experience.

The story begins in Berlin, Germany, March 1933, where Anna ...view middle of the document...

Life in Switzerland is wonderful for them. Anna enjoys her new school, and they make lots of friends. However, while the beginning of their stay in Switzerland was ideal, it soon became strained as Anna’s father was not receiving enough work, and needed a better paying job to sustain his family. So, he planned to leave for France to see if there were any better opportunities for the family there.

He eventually returns from France ecstatic and rejuvenated, and wanted to make plans to move immediately. However, Anna’s father leaves for France with her Mother as a prospective buyer. It is at this time that the Nazis place a 1,000 mark reward on her Fathers head. This frightens Anna immensely, as she imagines the Nazis placing her father in a room and dropping the coins on him, therefore killing him. Luckily, her brother is able to explain to her what it really means, putting her mind to rest.
Max and Anna’s father arrives back in Switzerland, and begins to prepare them to move immediately. A porter tries to put them on the wrong train, one that would send them back to Germany, so that...

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