Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring **Review**

The Munich Girl

Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s. Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions. Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna's journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.

 I love learning about history through authored books (such as this) and documentaries. For some reason I find reading an actual history textbook hard to read without my mind wandering. This book has history on every page while keeping the reader entranced with a fascinating story. Learning about Hitler's wife, what preconceived idea we may have of her versus what she was really like and looked like...and...the fact that the girl on the cover, IS her (quick google search). 
Reading about this time in history has always intrigued me, how someone could be so evil yet so popular and gain so many followers...This book seems to be able to take the reader on yet another journey about that time period but from a perspective hardly seen or read. I loved this book, the writing, everything about it. 

 Adolf Hitler's Mistress turned Wife.
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