Reading Around WW II

The Winter Fortress, the epic mission to sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb This is true story of the Norwegian underground crew that blew up the heavy water plant in Telemark where my grandparents came from. Don’t know if my relatives were for or against the Nazis as its never been mentioned.

Sabotage, the mission to destroy Hitler’s atomic bomb by Neal Bascomb This is a young adult non-fiction book on the same subject as Winter Fortress

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris This had to be called a novel for reasons the reader will understand. It is based on the powerful true story of love and survival, as written by the author who spent many hours interviewing Lale Sokolov in Australia, where they both now live. I found it difficult to believe the incidents, atrocities I think we call them, that I was reading about but it is “the real thing” about capture and 3 years living in the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz until the war ended.

On Hitler’s Mountain, Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A. Hunt. The author grew up a Nazi without really knowing what that meant. this is the author’s memoir from her birth in May 1934 to the day in 1945 when she watched American troops occupy Hitler’s Mountain retreat, on the side of which her family lived.

The House by the Lake, one house, five families, and a hundred years of German History by Thomas Harding A research project initiated by the author in 1993 to discover his genealogical connections to the owners and residents of a house placed right on the border of the Iron Curtain fence.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoulit who writes fiction was a surprise. I picked it up as a light read for travel and discovered a mystery and a truthful telling of a grandmother who had escaped the horror of incarceration in a Nazi camp but had never told her family.

The Secret Life of Betchley Park, the WW II codebreaking centre by Sinclair Mackay This is a factual account of the men and women who worked there.

Rose Hip Jelly

Here is a recipe I’ve used successfully. By the nature of the fruit, amounts and preparation times are approximate. Rose hips have very little pectin; therefore using pectin is strongly advised.

5 – 8 cups (1250 – 2000 ml) rose fresh hips
3 – 4 cups (750 – 1000 ml) water
½ cup (125 ml) fresh lemon juice
1 pkg. pectin crystals
4 cups (1000 ml) sugar

1. Rinse the rose hips thoroughly and cut off the stems and scraggly ends. (I use sharp garden clippers.)

2. Place rose hips in a large stainless-steel pot, add water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until rose hips are soft and can be mashed. (up to an hour)

3. Using a potato masher or electric hand blender crush the pips until entirely broken down.

4. Prepare 4 layers of cheesecloth in a colander held with clothespins over a saucepan, or use a jelly bag. Transfer softened mixture and allow to strain into pan. (several hours or overnight)


5. When the fruit ‘mess’ is entirely drained measure liquid. If there is less than 3 cups of juice you can add hot water and allow it to drain through the fruit again.

6. Discard fruit pulp. Place measured juice into large stainless pan. Add lemon juice and stir in powdered pectin.

7. Bring to a boil and when pectin is fully dissolved, add sugar. Stir in thoroughly.

8. Allow to maintain a rolling boil (one that cannot be reduced by stirring) timed for one full minute. Then remove from heat.

9. Pour into sterilized jars leaving ¼ inch at the top. Seal with sterilized lids and label.