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The German house / Annette Hess ; translated from the German by Elisabeth Lauffer.

Hess, Annette, 1967- (author.). Lauffer, Elisabeth, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library HES (Text) 33500013178793 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library HES (Text) 33500013178801 New Checked out 08/31/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062910257
  • ISBN: 0062910256
  • Physical Description: 332 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published as Deutsches Haus in Germany in 2018 by Ullstein.
Summary, etc.:
"Set against the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963... [this] 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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Language Note:
Translated from the German.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    Set in the early- to mid-1960s, when Germany is still struggling with its dark past during WWII, German author Hess' first novel examines the fallout from Hitler's Final Solution and asks the ultimate question: Who was responsible? Against her parents' and fiance's wishes, Eva Bruhns offers her translation services to a court case in which former Nazis are being prosecuted. Day after day she witnesses testimony, and silently makes judgments about what occurs. Slowly, early childhood memories begin to assert themselves, and Eva realizes a disturbing discovery about her seemingly respectable family. Meanwhile, readers see that Eva's sister, Annegret, has secrets of her own. Over time, the human capacity for cruelty makes Eva unable to bear the trial any longer. What amount of guilt should a Nazi sympathizer feel when his or her family's life is at stake? Eva breaks away from all that is safe and known and tries to work some recompense on her own. This chapter-less book is organized into four parts and reads somewhat disjointedly, but a translator's note explains why. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Translators > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Self-realization in women > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Auschwitz Trial, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1963-1965 > Fiction.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Fiction.
Germany > History > 20th century > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / World War II.
FICTION / Literary.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Self-realization in women.
Women translators > Fiction.
Auschwitz Trial, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1963-1965 > Fiction.
War crime trials > Fiction.
Frankfurt am Main (Germany) > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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