“When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” is a fictional story based on Judith Kerr’s childhood in the Second World War. It is about a nine-year old Jewish girl named Anna and her family who found themselves having to flee Berlin because of Nazi takeover. First they urgently fled to Switzerland, and then France, and finally they settled in England. While Anna’s family moved desperately to escape from the Nazis they had to leave all their belongings behind and sadly Anna wasn’t able to bring her favourite toy, a stuffed pink rabbit with her to Switzerland.
I think this book is very suitable for children to read if they want to know about the difficulty of being in a war situation or being a refugee. Perhaps the whole meaning of the pink rabbit is that it represents Anna’s childhood. When it was taken away from her it was as if her childhood was taken away and she was no longer a happy cheerful little girl.
My German Grandmother gave me this book so I could understand the terrible wars. She also gave it to me because it has something to do with my family history. My great grandfathers & great granduncles died as soldiers in the Second World War. I think war is horrendous because lives are being taken away and families are split up.
P.S. Judith Kerr is the author of the popular children book “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”. I hope I get to read the other two books, “Bombs On Aunty Dainty” and “A Small Person Far Away” by Judith Kerr.
Ratings: 4/5 stars