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.