The German House

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As seen in the New York Times Book Review. 

A December 2019 Indie Next Pick! 

Set against the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963, Annette Hess’s international bestseller is a harrowing yet ultimately uplifting coming-of-age story about a young female translator—caught between societal and familial expectations and her unique ability to speak truth to power—as she fights to expose the dark truths of her nation’s past.

If everything your family told you was a lie, how far would you go to uncover the truth?

For twenty-four-year-old Eva Bruhns, World War II is a foggy childhood memory. At the war’s end, Frankfurt was a smoldering ruin, severely damaged by the Allied bombings. But that was two decades ago. Now it is 1963, and the city’s streets, once cratered are smooth and paved. Shiny new stores replace scorched rubble. Eager for her wealthy suitor, Jürgen Schoormann, to propose, Eva dreams of starting a new life away from her parents and sister. But Eva’s plans are turned upside down when a fiery investigator, David Miller, hires her as a translator for a war crimes trial.

As she becomes more deeply involved in the Frankfurt Trials, Eva begins to question her family’s silence on the war and her future. Why do her parents refuse to talk about what happened? What are they hiding? Does she really love Jürgen and will she be happy as a housewife? Though it means going against the wishes of her family and her lover, Eva, propelled by her own conscience , joins a team of fiery prosecutors determined to bring the Nazis to justice—a decision that will help change the present and the past of her nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062910318
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 5,675
File size: 930 KB

About the Author

Annette Hess grew up in Hanover and currently lives in Lower Saxony. She initially studied painting and interior design, and later scenic writing. She worked as a freelance journalist and assistant director, before launching a successful career as a screenwriter.  Her critically-acclaimed and popular television series Weissensee, Ku'damm 56 and Ku'damm 59 are credited with revitalizing German TV. She has received numerous awards from the Grimme Prize to the Frankfurt Prize to the German Television Prize. The German House is her first novel.

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The German House 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Being of Polish descent and having had a great aunt who survived a concentration camp and silently suffered for years ignited my desire to read about and understand this very different perspective of post WWII. The German House does not disappoint! Eva Bruhns was too young to remember the events of WWI. It was not until she took on a job as a Polish translator during the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials that she slowly learned of the atrocities committed at Auschwitz. As the trails progress, she learns additional disturbing truths that force her to question her relationships with her family. She also begins to question herself and her role as a wife. It truly was a powerful read. I received an advance copy of this book from Bookish First in exchange for a review.
Lindsey_BringMyBooks 17 days ago
I absolutely LOVED the idea of this book, and although I don't know if it was able to pull off everything I was hoping for, I would still recommend it to those looking for a different take on the WWII genre. The hardest thing about this novel was how hard it was to connect to any of the characters until almost 3/4 of the way through the book - there was SO much premise in so many of the very interesting characters, but you were kept at arms length throughout and it was frustrating. The most interesting portion of the story was the part that covered the actual trial, and Eva's translations for the witnesses as they told their harrowing stories of life during the Holocaust. I really liked the parts that detailed what life was like in the 1960s for common German people, and it felt well researched and meticulous. Eva's relationships, once we were fully let into them, were some of the most compelling portions of the book. Eva and her furtive fiance, Jürgen; Eva and her innocent younger brother, Eva and her unscrupulous elder sister, Eva and the prosecutor (who may or may not be unscrupulous himself), and most especially Eva and her parents. The last quarter of the book was by far the strongest of the entire novel, and there were some incredibly poignant passages throughout. I wish I could have felt the way I did during this part throughout the whole novel - but still, it's well worth the read. Thank you to Netgalley & Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book before it's publication date! This is no way affected my review, opinions are my own.
Angie0184 24 days ago
Just an ok read for me. Nothing really grabbed me about this book, set amidst a background of other books like it currently out. Our protagonist is a translator during the trials, and she finds herself pulled between what she wants out of life, what her reluctant fiance wants out of life, and terrible secrets that she uncovers about her own family. Nothing really struck me about this book, it all felt very surface level, but still enough for me not to DNF it.
Shortcake5 26 days ago
As a daughter of parents who either lived in Germany during WWII or were born to parents who were of German descent, this book touched on what I have always wondered but was too scared to ask or couldn’t because my mother and grandparents from Germany were gone. Were the Germans in Germany, not part of the SS, responsible for looking away as millions of people were killed all because they were Jewish, Bohemian, Disabled or considered an enemy of the state for their belief against what the SS and Hitler were doing? One side of my family was living in Bremen during WWII and the other side of my family was part of the Jewish citizens of Poland and Germany. I still can’t fathom how one part of my family could feel comfortable ignoring, pretending, or even thinking that the Jewish people were evil enough to deserve death through work, extermination by gas, gun or starvation. German House discusses these thoughts and more. Ms. Hess does an excellent job of bringing the honest feelings of regret, horror, indecision, ignorance and pure evil to the story in the book German House. The characters at times were not as richly developed as I had hoped they would be and sometimes I was frustrated with Eva and her lack of backbone when it came to her boyfriend. She was independent in most ways and yet let him walk all over her for 90% of the book! Overall this book brings us to deeply contemplating and helping us to make up our own minds to what our values and morality will lead us if we see things happening that we don't agree with and what we will do when the time comes to act upon those values when things get out of hand. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read the German House in lieu of my honest review.
Kelsey Bickmore 3 months ago
I have enjoyed other historical fiction novels like Cilka's Journey and I was hoping that the German House would be just as good. I was sadly disappointed. This book deals mostly with Eva, a young woman who ends up being a translator for the prosecution at the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963. That part was pretty interesting with the witness testimonies and such but the book also dealt with Eva's fiance and the rest of her family too. It got all complicated and the ending was weird. I think I mostly did not like this book because I was not able to care about any of the characters. And I was shocked by some of their actions and decisions. They kind of drew me away from what the story was supposedly about, the trials. I think I would have liked it better if the book had focused more on that and less on the other stuff.
rcahill 3 months ago
I read a lot of historical fiction. As a history teacher and an avid reader, these novels are in my sweet spot for being engaging and educational. With that being said, there is no shortage of WWII historical fiction novels to choose from, but The German House sets itself apart in that regard. Annette Hess looks at the atrocities of the Holocaust through the lens of West Germany in the early 1960's. The main character, Eva, is a young German woman who works as a translator. She is selected to help with at trial that will examine the roles of nearly 20 German men in the horrors that occurred at Auschwitz. Eva has been living her life in a post-war world, too young to truly consider what happened during that time period. The trial forces her to examine the role that the citizens around her, and even her family, played during the Holocaust. While all of this is happening, Eva is also juggling her relationships with Jurgen, a man from a wealthy family who does not agree with her participation in the trial. Annette Hess takes us to the years following WWII and asks powerful questions, how do people return to their normal lives? Which members of the Nazi organization will escape punishment? Is that fair? There is so much to consider in this book and I found myself thinking about the time period even when I had finished reading.
GraceJReviewerlady 4 months ago
I'm not sure exactly what I expected from this novel, but the reality was so much better than I could ever have dreamt! Eva Bruhn lives in West Germany with her parents, elder sister and younger brother. She has an admirer and is just waiting for him to pop the question. She dreams of a new life with Jurgen, who comes from a wealthier family than her own. Then, out of the blue, her services as a translator are required for a war crimes trial, and that turns everything Eva has ever known or hoped for on it's head . . . What a read! Gripping, factual and emotional this pulled me in from the very first. It's a book on so many different levels and had me mesmerised from first to last. This author spins a fine tale; the research must have been extensive as the details are finely tuned. This is, in my experience, a unique story and provides much food for thought. I paused in my reading several times just to ponder what I had read and learned. Some very clever and skilful writing entwines stories from two different time levels and the result is a fantastic novel. A stunning read, and one which I'm very pleased to have had the chance to review. If you enjoy a beautifully created tale and an attention grabbing read, then The German House is one for you. A glowing five stars - and well worth each single one!
CLynnT 4 months ago
Any historical fiction based on the German ideology during WWII grabs my attention. I keep thinking that the more I read from the different aspects, the more likely I will be to finally understand what makes a large mass of people do the unthinkable to another large mass, when just weeks earlier the two entities laughed, shared, loved and cried together. So far, the answer still eludes me. But this new debut novel by Annette Hess shines a spotlight on the tender subject from a new angle: a full-blooded blonde-haired German girl must sit through the Auschwitz trial and serve as a translator. At the end of her workday, she returns to her very proud and dedicated German family who runs one of the best restaurants in Frankfurt. Fighting to keep physical control of her emotions throughout the day, Eva Bruhns must come home each evening to a family that refuses to believe the stories, making excuses and belittling Eva for being so gullible. Eva can no longer find solace in her fiancé, Jurgen, as she realizes he’s at the beck and call of his shallow and haughty parents, who are ashamed of Eva because of her job. The plot of this story is beautiful. We already know who’s guilty of what and how the trial ends, but we become entrenched in the warfare of emotions Eva must fight in order to survive and do what she knows in her heart must be the right thing. I will say the book didn’t end like I thought it would, which to me makes it a fabulous story reflective of the true human spirit. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks so much to HarperCollins and NetGalley for making it available.)
LibMom 4 months ago
Many books are written about World War II and I read many of them. Not as much has been written about Germany after the war. Years after, how did individuals react as the truth became known of the horrible atrocities that were committed? How did individuals who participated manage to return to everyday life? The German House by Annette Hess fills this void and answers some of these questions. Already an international bestseller, The German House is an emotional journey of a young German woman named Eva. Her memories of the war are minimal as she was a small child and it was years ago. Her parents run a fairly successful restaurant in Frankfurt and her knowledge of Polish provides her with a job translating documents for businesses. Soon her translating skills are called upon for the Auschwitz Trials. While she finds this work important and worthwhile, others in her life--especially her parents and her fiance--do not wish for her to continue. Day after day of testimony begin to trigger Eva's memories and soon she is faced with her own family's participation in World War II crimes. Sorting through her memories and the extent to which normal, everyday people took part in these atrocities provides numerous opportunities for the reader to contemplate the choices they might have made in these circumstances. I found the story sluggish at first but encourage readers to stick with it. After the stage is set and Eva becomes involved with the trial, the story picks up quite a bit and is quite intriguing. While fiction, this truly is the story of so many from this time period. It is also a reminder of how opinions and viewpoints can change within a generation. In addition to the main story line, there are several smaller plots as well that provide narrative interest and help move the story along. I recommend The German House with some reservations. I found it to be a good book with a thought provoking story but not a book that makes a lasting impression.
WendyGo 4 months ago
Another book about WW2, guilty, but nonetheless, it was quite the story. The story revolved around the owners who operated a restaurant in Germany called 'The German House,' an appropriate title. Upstairs from this restaurant live the owners and their children. Their middle child, Eva, speaks Polish and does translation for work. It's the 1960s when Eva is asked (and then volunteers) to translate for witnesses in a war crimes trial with multiple accused Nazi defenders. Their stories are weaved through Eva's story and how they connect to her family. I did enjoy the story enough to overlook the sometimes hard to follow segues which are probably due to the book being translated to english.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Starting a new book with no background can be hit or miss. Starting The German House, I only knew that it was about a Polish interpreter for a court case about The Holocaust. After starting, I was pleasantly surprised that we also got a multi-family drama mixed in to the historical fiction drama. The story revolves around Eva, a twenty-something girl living with her parents and two siblings in Germany. She is being courted by a well-to-do young man who is the heir to a blossoming catalog business. Eva works both at her family’s restaurant and as a temp doing translating work. She is called in one day for an emergent translation situation for the prosecution of a high profile court case in town. After helping out the prosecutors, she is invited to become a permanent translator for the duration of the case. Throughout the case, Eva struggles with her family, her morals, her National identity, and her thoughts on marriage with her beau. The story makes you realize how little the German children knew about what was going on during WWII and how much was covered up and not talked about afterwords. The writing style of the book took a little getting used to with no breaks between perspectives and with very long chapters. The reader was switched from person to person very quickly with no indication between paragraphs. All around though, the story was very entertaining and once you got used to the writing style, it was a very fast read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I was interested to read this book since I wasn't very familiar with the Auschwitz Trials. Though the trials are a key part of this book, the focus was not on the trials so much as on the way Eva's participation as a translator changed her relationships with everyone she held dear. Overall this was an interesting read, but I do have a couple complaints. I couldn't figure out why a whole storyline was devoted to Eva's sister. It seemed unrelated and was just strange. I wasn't a fan of Eva's love story either. What did she see in Jürgen? They seemed really mismatched, couldn't communicate well, and in general didn't seem to enjoy each other's company. I'm not sure how I felt about the ending, either. Thank you BookishFirst for the review copy of this book.
Breywar 4 months ago
This book was a lot. It was only 325 pages, but it felt like so much more! I initially thought it would be a quick, read in one sitting read, and then I realized yes, that’s how it should be read. Because if you don’t read this in one sitting, or end at one of the parts, you’ll have no idea what’s going on or where you ended. Wins: -it’s a side of WW2 that I have never heard talked about, I liked the fact that it was 20 years later and during the trials -character progression: just with Eva. Throughout the trial she begins to find things out and is changed as a person -the foreshadowing into the blindside shock. The twists were pretty good. Didn’t expect some of them Opportunities: -BREAK IT UP. There were literally paragraphs that went on for 3 pages, single paragraphs, where the dialogue wasn’t broken up into different sections, the paragraphs went on forever, over explained and took what felt like hours to get through -no chapters. This goes with the above. It felt like if I needed to take my dog out, or get a drink, there were no stopping points for 50 pages, and then coming back it would take me 5 minutes to figure out where I left off -the random switching povs with no break, spaces, paragraph changes, just BOOM, we’re following someone else. -the romance was awful. I hate Jürgen. I think he’s an awful character, and their entire relationship was one muddy mess that I had no idea what was going on. It was super confusing, and he was a VERY unlikeable character. -the pointless additions. We kept flashing back to completely irrelevant other sides to the story that just felt like glue trying to form some kind of plot, which leads me to: -what was the plot? I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought i would. I claimed it with points on Bookish First because I was that excited, and I’m super disappointed. It was honestly an exhausting read, and not due to World War 2 content, because I felt like if I took any breaks in this book after putting it down the first time, I wasn’t going to pick it back up. All the characters were kind of annoying, there really wasn’t a plot, and there was a lot of garbage trying to make it a full length novel. The trials were actually really interesting to read about, but those were almost skimmed over. I probably will not be picking this up in the near future.
Rachel_Denise01 4 months ago
The German House by Annette Hess and translated by Elisabeth Lauffer is a complex, fascinating, thought-provoking historical fiction with a bit of mystery mixed in. This book is definitely not an easy read in regards to the heavy subject matter, but it was breathtaking, and I was able to devour it in 2 days. This book mainly features Eva Bruhns, a 24 year old German living with her parents and siblings in a house/restaurant literally called The German House in Frankfurt, Germany. It mainly takes place during the 1960s with the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials. Eva becomes entwined into the trials by being hired as a translator for the Polish speaking witnesses for the Prosecution. This book delves into the human psyche in so many ways, that it is even difficult to explain in that I do not want to give any of the spoilers or twists, and also not to do it justice. I loved being able to get into the heads of not just Eva, but Edith (her mom), Jurgen (her s/o/fiancé), David, Ludwig (her father), and her sister Annegret (whom honestly I was not a fan of at all and am glad she received her own justice). To have a front row seat at the Frankfurt trials was fascinating, as well as devastating. To hear more of the torture and shear horror that the witnesses had to testify to, hurt even now after knowing about the atrocities that occurred at Auschwitz-Birkenau for all my life. Every “new” story I hear, just digs the knife deeper about what was done to our people (the Jewish people), as well as many others. It was interesting to hear the German people’s “side” and thoughts concerning the trial and the subject matter, as well as the social and political climate there at that time. To say that this is a coming of age story by itself is not enough. This story sheds a light on what pure evil can be and look like, what hit humanity has taken, a story of overcoming the literal worst to become a survivor, and to find and define oneself despite social expectations, customs, and the fact that you cannot pick your family, nor do you have to agree and accept your family. I enjoyed Eva and liked her character. She is flawed, yet strong, and intelligent. She has a mind of her own and deep down wants to do the right thing, and does her best to achieve that. And while the ending was sad over all, I also enjoyed certain parts of the ending that did leave the reader with an overall positive image for Eva and her future life, one cannot delude the reader into thinking that everything will be all right and that everything is black and white, because it just isn't. And for the sake of the Bruhns family characters specifically (and not the outcome of the Frankfurt trials because that is another story all together) that is enough and ok. 5/5 stars A must read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The German House is a fascinating look at the 1963 Frankfurt Auschwitz trials, a period in history that I was not aware of and is brought to life in this new novel. While most today people are aware of the history of Auschwitz and have most likely heard of the Nuremburg trials that took place immediately following WWII, these trials in Germany revealing the true nature of the crimes committed in the concentration camp were actually quite shocking to the public at the time. The trials focused on 22 defendants who were SS personal serving at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and our story places us right in the middle with our main protagonist, Eva, who is a Polish translator tapped to help communicate the witness statements. The story alternates between both Eva’s role in the trials and the ongoing family drama happening outside her work. She is recently engaged to a man she’s not sure she loves, and in the process of researching and translating in the trial, she uncovers some dark family secrets. The story is a slow build as Eva puts the pieces of her own history together, culminating in a big reveal regarding both the trial and her own place in life. What shocked me the most about this book is the emphasis on how little people knew of what happened during the war, and the depths to which they would go to bury those secrets. I have read a lot of WWII fiction over the past couple of years, but none quite like this. This was disturbing, if only for its descriptions of how well people can forget the past. I see why the author, who is German herself, felt strongly about telling this story, because it is so easy to forget and pretend these terrible things never happened. It’s much harder to come to terms with the atrocities committed by people you live next to. While I really loved the historical look at this subject, I did struggle a bit with the story telling aspect. It jumped around a lot, though knowing the author’s background as a screenwriter, I can forgive that. My biggest complaint is that I didn’t find Eva particularly likable, but I also am not sure if she’s supposed to be. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to WWII historical fiction fans, because I believe it is a new perspective that needs to be shared, and I am grateful to the author for writing this!
MicheleReader 4 months ago
The German House takes place in 1963 in Frankfurt, Germany where wrecked buildings have been rebuilt from WWII and people are trying to move on. But can they really? The Auschwitz Trials are about to begin and Eva Bruhns is hired as a Polish translator. She is an independent woman in a time when most women work as a temporary stop before marriage. Her parents run a local restaurant, The German House. The trials were fascinating and heart-breaking as the horrors of the war bring up feelings long buried in Eva. Interesting to get the perspective from Germans who either remained in denial or believed they were simply following orders and had no choice. Many thanks to BookishFirst and HarperVia/HarperCollins for an advance copy. Recommended.
co_d_evans 4 months ago
A unique take on an exhausted genre! This book stands out amongst other WWII era historical fiction novels in that it follows the aftermath of the war instead of the war itself. Eva is a translator working in the Auschwitz trials in the '60s which leads her to face her country and family's horrific past head-on. This book does an excellent job, I think, of capturing Eva's turmoil as she grapples with her own responsibility and understanding of something that everyone around her wants to quickly forget. "'What did Mommy and Daddy even do?' 'Nothing.' How could she explain to her brother just how true that answer was?" Huge thanks to Bookish and HarperVia Books for an advanced readers copy of Annette Hess's The German House. Overall this was a unique read, but it ended in a way that was unfitting to how the rest of the story unfolded.
Haylee42 4 months ago
The German House by Annette Hess is riddled with the unsettling familiarity most would rather not accustom themselves with. While this novel is most certainly a page-turner, by the end you are left with a haunting quiet. That being said, this novel is a must-read. The German House is beautifully and masterfully written. Even with the heavy, and heart-lurching Frankfurt Trials, Annette Hess is still able to give a 'light in the dark' coming-of-age story for our Eva Bruhns, who put almost everything she held dear on the line to do her part in uncovering the truth. Even though Eva Bruhns is the main, daring protagonist in this novel, Hess does an excellent job seamlessly alternating between characters in the story, while effortlessly giving them all equally enthralling drama and conflicts. Not only this, however, Annette Hess also gives an incredible perspective that is not often written. It is in remembrance of these horrendous events, especially, that I am quite pensive and melancholy with mankind.
Peppyob 4 months ago
The German House is a five star read. It is a powerful and impressive novel, well written and meticulously researched. The story takes place in Frankfurt, Germany in 1963 at the onset of the first Frankfurt Auschwitz trial which charged 22 defendants under German law for crimes committed as SS officials in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Eva is a young and naive woman whose main goal in life is to get her wealthy beau Jurgen to ask her father for her hand in marriage. She lives with her tightly knit family in an apt above The German House, a quaint local restaurant that her parents own and operate. Eve works as a Polish translator for an agency. Her life changes forever when she is tapped to be the translator for the Auschwitz survivors who are to give their heartbreaking testimony against the defendants on trial for their war crimes. Eva’s family and fiancee, both voice their displeasure at her acceptance of the job. However, she accepts the position. Eva has not even heard of Auschwitz, nor the horrific events that occurred there. As the trial progresses, Eva struggles to cope with the realization of the magnitude of the crimes against humanity committed by the Nazi regime. She cannot believe the general attitude of the populace in economically booming post war Germany which is to suppress the depth of the atrocities which occurred in the concentration camps as well as the reluctance to contend with the reality of the crimes committed. After Eva uncovers painful secrets about her own family during the war period, she makes life changing decisions in order to remain true to herself and her own conscience.
Katie__B 4 months ago
4.5 stars When I first saw this historical fiction book was about the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963 I knew I had to read it. Even though I have read many historical fiction and nonfiction books about World War 2, I don't often read books that explore the postwar years. The aftermath of the war is something I'm thankful the author deemed worthy of writing about as this was a fascinating read for me. It's 1963 and Eva Bruhns is twenty-four years old and living with her family in Frankfurt. Given her young age during World War 2, she really doesn't have many memories of that time period. She is working as a translator and is hoping her wealthy boyfriend, Jürgen Schoormann, will soon propose marriage. A man named David Miller wants to hire Eva as a translator for an upcoming war crimes trial, and that doesn't sit too well with Jürgen. Eva is horrified at what she learns at the trial and it weighs heavily on her mind. Eva is the main character and heart of the story but you do get the opportunity to get into the minds of the other characters as well. Near the beginning of the book, it was slightly jarring when you would be following one character and then without any warning it just bounced to a different character. This was something I adapted to fairly quickly, however I could see how the disjointed transitions might drive other readers nuts. I felt like there were two parts to the story. You have the trial which goes into detail about the atrocities of the war, and specifically what took place at the Auschwitz concentration camp. But the other compelling part of the story was Eva. I don't want to get into specifics about the plot and get into spoiler territory but I thought the author did a good job showing the attitudes and mindsets of the people in Germany during that time period. I lived in Germany for a few years not that long ago and actually lived not too far from Frankfurt. And I'll admit that might be part of the reason I was so into this story as in my mind I kept thinking about the differences between that time period and now. One of the more interesting things I learned while living there was it is mandatory for Germany students to learn about the Holocaust in school and many are required to tour a concentration camp or visit a museum so they can learn about the horrible things that occurred so it may never happen again. The only small criticism I have of the book is in my opinion Annegret's storyline wasn't entirely necessary. I would though be willing to change my mind if I ever found out the author's reasons for including it. Some more context would probably help. Highly recommend reading especially if you are a frequent reader of World War 2 historical fiction. Thank you to the publisher and BookishFirst for sending me an advance reader's copy! I was under no obligation to post a review here and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
Kwpat 4 months ago
My favorite genre is WWII historical fiction. I really thought The German House would be interesting as it was about the 1963 Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials. The main character Eva is 24 and too young to remember the details of WWII. She worked as a translator and was asked to translate for the Polish witnesses. There are side plots which make no sense especially her sister who is a nurse who is giving babies some type of poison...her fiancé who wants her to conform to his wishes. I struggled reading this book. First, there are no chapters and paragraphs were so long without some sort of break. It was hard to tell when the narrator changed. I was glad to see the book end, but felt nothing was resolved. Thank you Bookish First and Harper Via for an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.
bonbonbug 4 months ago
I very much enjoyed "The German House." One can read a history book to learn the outcome of any historical event, but you will not learn about attitudes, emotions, or the effect that an event had on the people that lived through it. Annette Hess does a wonderful job with this. History has already written the story, but not about the Bruhns family. The story is character driven as well and I found myself thinking about the family members and their various situations through out my day. Emotions in in Frankfurt were running high during the Aususchwitz trials in 1963. I never learned about this in any history class and it was powerful to learn about it as the characters in this story were living it.