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Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French

June 16, 2012

Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French. Pub. Angus&Robertson, 2012. 

Georg is a German boywho grew up in Hitlers German with anti Jewish sentiments and a love of his country.

What he didn’t know is that his English born father was a Jew. At a school prize giving members of a Nazi youth movement expose the father and throw him off a balcony to his death.

Georg and his German mother escape and his mother arranges for his flight out of Germany packed in a suitcase to France then England. He changes his name to George and sets about losing his German accent to become and English boy.

He experiences the blitz and is then shipped to Australia to be adopted by an Australin family.

Such children were called the “lost Children” and many had miserable lives but not George. Dinkum Aussie farmers the Peaslakes and a girl called Mud help him settle.

But as the war worsens he feels guilty. He is a German and therefore the enemy.

Great story, well written with a positive ending. Primary and Intermediate readers.

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