When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit


Millie from Latymer Upper created this collage as a Creative Response to When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. It shows Pink Rabbit encircled in a Nazi armband, wearing a Star of David. Flags mark the journey that Anna’s family take in fleeing from their home in Germany through Europe and eventually settling in London.


9 thoughts on “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

  1. A great book that I whizzed through, and also read the sequel. It is a fascinating true story of a young girl who’s father is Jewish, and writes anti-Nazi things in the paper. When Hitler comes to power they are forced to move away from journey, and end up going to Paris. Her journey is long and tiring, but she also realizes how lucky she was, and how little she suffered.

  2. I first came across “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” a year ago, and dismissed it based on its title. To anyone else who has done this, I warn you: you have made a mistake. Ana’s story gives you a warm feeling inside as you progress through the book. Her family is Jewish, therefore having to flee Germany as the number of Nazi’s grew. It shows the progression of World War II from the perspective of a child. A book I would recommend without hesitation.

  3. I think that when Hitler stole pink rabbit is a captivating and emotional book. When I am struggling with what to read, I do not usually turn to the genre war and peace but this book in particular was one that refused to be put down. I read it in a matter of hours!
    The life of Anna was one that had many ups and downs, and I just wanted to be part of that. From Germany to Switzerland from Switzerland to France, from France to England you explore many different cultures that you never really think about.
    The only criticism that I would give about this book is the ending. I know that there is a sequel, but I still think that it should be more eventful or should be left on a cliffhanger, this would make people more likely to want to read the second book.
    Finally I would to conclude and say that I love this book, I would recommend it. I especially like the fact that it was based on a true story, it really helped show the true emotions of Anna and her family.

  4. Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is a book based in the years just before World War 2. The story is of a young girl and her family who leave Germany as the Nazis come into power because they are Jews. The family first escape to Switzerland and then France where they try to learn a new language and start a new life as soon as possible. However they eventually move to England just before the outbreak of the war which would prove to be wise as even in France the Jews were not safe. It is a good read for everyone who is interested in World War 2 or wants a book that is strong emotionally and also has a good plot.
    Brighton College

  5. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: (review)
    The story starts in Berlin, 1933. Its based around a nine-year old girl, named Ana. There family are with the jewish faith, as a result of this belief there family is scared, as Hitler who looks to be winning the elections is displaying hate towards the Jewish faith, saying that it was there fault for the pain and suffering of Germany. As the story progresses and event happens which haunt the girl: Her Farther disappears, he goes missing and Her and her brother max find out that he has fled to Prague, as he is scared of hitler gaining power, and as a result him being executed. He is particular scared as he is a well known jewish author and Hitler would know of him the instant he came to power. Ana and her family plan to move to Switzerland to meet farther. But later on in the story we find out that there moving was rushed in a flurry of secrecy. In this act of sudden movement Ana has to choose one toy in which she can take with her to Switzerland. In this sudden movement she decided to bring her woolly dog, and leave behind her Pink rabbit, believing that she will return to Germany in the near future, Unfortunately this is not a short term event, and hence the title: “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.” was derived.

    The book is weirdly alien to the majority of war books. As instead of it being a miserable mess that leaves you in a depressed stupor. It is almost a comedy as it almost makes you laugh out load. One of the negative factors of the book is that it is written in a simple way and therefor, it feels like your seven again. But also adds a more realistic string to the story, as it makes you feel like your reading something a little girl has written. The author Judith Kerr took a serious approach to the story, but yet added a skill of entertainment into the mix, keeping you reading.

  6. So far I have only read around half the book, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the amount that I have read. I think that it is good to find out how a young Jewish refugee dealt with the changes from before the war to during the war and election of Hitler. I like the amount of detail that the writer has gone into, while reading you can imagine what was happening in the surrounding , and how the character is feeling. I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the final half of the story.

  7. Extract from a review by Harry in Year 8:

    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is an amazing and inspirational true story (apart from the names) which shows the Jews’ struggle through Europe just before World War 2 from a child’s perspective.

  8. So far I am really enjoying this book. It is written as if it was in the eyes of a child which the author was trying to convey. (Lots of experiences in this book are similar or the same as the authors own experiences, which maikes the book even more believable and gripping.) i would recommend this book as it is interesting and enjoyable, but also opens your eyes to how scary it was to be a Jew in World War 2, especially to a young child. I have found out that there are more books in the series, and very much look forward to reading them!

  9. I really enjoyed this. The story is simply told but that increases the feeling that the events are being seen through the eyes of a young child. The horror of Onkel Julius’s death is told in a mere few sentences but the impact of it on Anna’s father is movingly conveyed. As Michael Morpurgo says in his introduction to the book “It is telling and touching…”
    Thoroughly recommended!

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