In 1938 Trudi Kanter, stunningly beautiful, chic and charismatic, was a hat designer for the best-dressed women in Vienna. Read more...
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In 1938 Trudi Kanter, stunningly beautiful, chic and charismatic, was a hat designer for the best-dressed women in Vienna. She frequented the most elegant cafes. She had suitors. She flew to Paris to see the latest fashions. And she fell deeply in love with Walter Ehrlich, a charming and romantic businessman. But as Hitler's tanks rolled into Austria, the world this young Jewish couple knew collapsed, leaving them desperate to escape.
In prose that cuts straight to the bone, "Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler "tells the true story of Trudi's astonishing journey from Vienna to Prague to blitzed London seeking safety for her and Walter amid the horror engulfing Europe. It was her courage, resourcefulness and perseverance that kept both her and her beloved safe during the Nazi invasion and that make this an indelible memoir of love and survival.
Sifting through a secondhand bookshop in London, an English editor stumbled upon this extraordinary book, and now, though she died in 1992, the world has a second chance to discover Trudi Kanter's enchanting story. In these pages she is alive--vivid, tenacious and absolutely unforgettable.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Taking place over multiple years and in three primary locations (Vienna, Prague, and London) this Holocaust memoir is more a tale of love than a horror story of Nazi-occupied Europe. In a linear narrative of short chapters, the reader is transported through the inner workings of Kanter’s relationship with her second husband, Walter. When Kanter, a hat maker, meets Walter, it’s love at first sight, and their relationship blossoms, only to be complicated by the sudden Nazi occupation of Vienna. From then on it is a tale of Trudi trying to stay one step ahead while not losing hold of her current beau and future husband. But it becomes difficult for the couple to maintain a healthy, stable relationship amid the Nazi invasion and occupation of the city. It reads almost like a diary and at times feels disjointed, while at other places the words and imagery flow beautifully. (Oct.)