Inge's War: A German Woman's Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler


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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Svenja O'Donnell grew up in Paris with a German mother and an Irish father, before attending university in the United Kingdom. As Bloomberg's UK political correspondent, she was awarded the Washington-based National Press Club's Breaking News award in 2017 for her coverage of the Brexit referendum. She has travelled all over the word for assignments and has appeared on BBC, Sky News, and France 24. She holds master's degrees in English and art history from the University of Edinburgh.


Praise for Inge's War

"Books about World War II -- and there are so, so many -- tend to focus on the big names . . . Less common are books about the ordinary citizen whose life was laid waste by the war -- and even less common, at least in this country, are books about the ordinary German citizen . . . Through O'Donnell's meticulous reporting and sensitive, compelling storytelling [Inge's War] becomes the gripping story of anyone navigating life in a war zone . . . a riveting and important story, one that focuses so tightly on Inge and her family in its level of detail -- physical, temporal and emotional -- that it becomes universal." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Vivid and meticulously researched . . . An incisive and multilayered account of family trauma, the dangers of nationalism and anti-Semitism, and the plight of refugees. This exceptional account transforms a private tragedy into a universal story of war and survival." --Publishers Weekly (starred)

"The author, a graceful, eloquent writer, follows a trail that sometimes takes her through deeply troubling terrain, and she amply reveals the cruelty and compassion that characterize times of war. Haunting family stories that serve as a metaphor for human suffering everywhere." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Enlightening and timely . . . This compelling testimonial details the deprivations German citizens faced during the war and reveals a dark part of Danish history . . . [It] deserves a wide audience." --Booklist (starred)

"A story that reads like a novel filled with fascinating history and excellent detective work." --Bookpage

"Too often the most dramatic, fascinating human stories are lost to history because they are never documented. Thankfully, Svenja O'Donnell has rescued the extraordinary saga of her grandmother, a saga filled with love and betrayal and secrets, a saga that illuminates the nature of war and memory. Using her remarkable skills as a reporter and writer, O'Donnell has recorded this story so meticulously and beautifully that it will remain forever in our consciousness." --David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z

"A lyrical, engrossing and essential read." --Sathnam Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Topknot

"A superbly nuanced reclamation of history and family secrets." --Brian Van Reet, author of Spoils