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Posted on Monday 25th January

Author Phyllida Scrivens is launching her new book Escaping Hitler at Jarrold's Department Store, Suffolk, on February 4, 2015.

Her book took four years to research, write and publish the fascinating story of a Jewish boy's bid for freedom from Hitler's Germany. 91-year-old Joe Stirling, then known as Gunter, started his life-changing journey by boarding a bus in July 1939. On reaching the border with Luxembourg, he illegally crossed the river and spent seven days walking alone through Belgium to Holland, in the hope of fleeing to freedom by ferry to England.

Scriven's research was carried out with scrupulous attention to detail; she and her husband embarked on what she calls a 'footstepping journey' to trace Gunter's (Joe's) history. On their journey they met with Joe's school friend, 90 year-old Johannes Andernach, discovered the apartment that he and his family fled from after the horrific tragedy of Kristallnacht in 1938 and retraced his parent's footsteps.

Escaping Hitler was released January 5, 2016 and available from Pen and Sword Books.

Further Reading

Escaping Hitler

Only £25.00

Escaping Hitler

(Hardback - 208 pages)
by Phyllida Scrivens

Escaping Hitler is the true story, covering ninety years, of a fourteen-year-old boy Günter Stern who, when Adolf Hitler threatened his family, education and future, resolved to escape from his rural village of Nickenich in the German Rhineland. In July 1939 Günter boarded a bus to the border with Luxembourg, illegally crossed the river and walked alone for seven days through Belgium into Holland, intent on catching a ferry to England and freedom. The outcome… Read more...

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