Judith Kerr has died

Here. Americans and Germans will remember her as the author of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. (By the way — if you haven’t read the two later books in the trilogy, do — Anna grows up. The final one is quite poignant as she goes back to Berlin.)

Truly sad news.

~ by Servetus on May 23, 2019.

6 Responses to “Judith Kerr has died”

  1. She was an impressive woman and will be missed!

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    • She definitely accomplished a lot in her life after the jolt of being a refugee. She seems to have been very funny as well, based on memories of her I’m seeing. People kept asking her about the symbolism of the “Tiger Comes to Tea” book and she kept insisting it was just about the tiger.

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  2. Read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit in school and learnt a lot from it. Have never read the sequels for some reason. I will add them to my list.

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    • I didn’t even know there was a third one till I was an adult — I think maybe it wasn’t in our public library. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit was a great book for kids because despite everything, it’s humorous and mildly upbeat. The second two books are less so — or rather, Kerr has definitely adopted the British spirit of getting on with life but she works less hard on masking the difficult aspects of life as a refugee.

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      • Did she write them in English? Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading them!


        • Yes, they were all written in English and translated into German by someone else. Maybe she only thought she’d reach an Angophone audience, or wasn’t comfortable writing in German since she’d stopped being instructed in it at a somewhat young age? I wonder if she supervised the translation? In English the trilogy is called “Out of the Hitler Time” which sounds like a very clunky translation of “Aus der Hitlerzeit.”


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