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Hitler, Stalin, Mum and Dad

Daniel Finkelstein

From Shelf: Official Indie Non-Fiction Bestsellers (week 36, 2023)

THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

Winner of the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2023

'Epic, moving and important' ROBERT HARRIS

'A modern classic' OBSERVER

'An unforgettable epic of a book' DAILY MAIL

From longstanding political columnist and commentator Daniel Finkelstein, a powerful memoir exploring both his mother and his father's devastating experiences of persecution, resistance and survival during the Second World War.

Daniel's mother Mirjam Wiener was the youngest of three daughters born in Germany to Alfred and Margarete Wiener. Alfred, a decorated hero from the Great War, is now widely acknowledged to have been the first person to recognise the existential danger Hitler posed to the Jews and began, in 1933, to catalogue in detail Nazi crimes. After moving his family to Amsterdam, he relocated his library to London and was preparing to bring over his wife and children when Germany invaded the Netherlands. Before long, the family was rounded up, robbed and sent to starve in Bergen-Belsen.

Daniel's father Ludwik was born in Lwow, the only child of a prosperous Jewish family. In 1939, after Hitler and Stalin carved up Poland, Ludwik's father was arrested and sentenced to hard labour in the Gulag. Meanwhile, deported to Siberia and working as a slave labourer on a collective farm, Ludwik survived the freezing winters in a tiny house he built from cow dung.

Hitler, Stalin, Mum and Dad is a deeply moving, personal and at times horrifying memoir about Finkelstein's parents' experiences at the hands of the two genocidal dictators of the twentieth century. It is a story of persecution; survival; and the consequences of totalitarianism told with the almost unimaginable bravery of two ordinary families shining through.

'Danny Finkelstein has written an elegant, moving account of the history of one family, and in doing so shines light on the history of the 20th century. If you want to understand Hitler and Stalin, read this book about people whose lives were upended by both of them' ANNE APPLEBAUM, author of Gulag: A History, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Format:
Hardback
Pages:
496
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN:
9780008483845
Published Date:
8/6/2023
Dimensions:
240mm x 159mm x 46mm
Weight:
780g
Category:
Second World War

RRP: £25

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780008483845


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