Chocolate Cake with Hitler

by Emma Craigie | History |
ISBN: 1906021899 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingkinediwing of Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on 7/4/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingkinediwing from Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Monday, July 04, 2016
Helga's childhood as the eldest of five children in Germany's First Family has been a gilded one, accompanying her parents to parties and rallies, moving between the city and their idyllic country estate. But the war has changed everything. And now, as defeat closes in on the Germans, Helga must move into a bunker in the heart of Berlin with her family and key members of the crumbling Nazi leadership - to be with their beloved Hitler. There is chocolate cake for tea every day with Uncle Leader, but Helga cannot help noticing that all is not well among the grown-ups. As each day passes, her underground world becomes increasingly tense and strange. There are tears and shouting behind slammed doors, and when even the soldiers who have been guarding them take their leave, Helga is faced with a terrible truth. Perhaps her perfect childhood has not been all that it seemed

Journal Entry 2 by wingkinediwing at Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Quite chilling and mesmerizing read ! The author mentions she drew a lot of inspiration from the film ''Downfall'' which in my opinion is one of best German films ever made about Hitler's Downfall. The lead actor Bruno Ganz got a lot critism at the time for portraying Hitler as a human being and in this book, Helga very much so describes ''Uncle Leader'' as a human being who farts when he sits down on the sofa and how he likes to eat 3 slices of chocolate cake at once. Perhaps that makes the whole story even more chilling and sad because sadly we all know what was going to happen to the Goebbels kids and how Helga perhaps as the oldest had an inkling too. I found this book quite emotional but I am glad it had been written and should be read by a lot of people !

Journal Entry 3 by wingkinediwing at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Released 9 mos ago (3/18/2018 UTC) at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 4 by LittleSuz at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, March 18, 2018
Picked up at meetup, thanks

Journal Entry 5 by LittleSuz at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, August 11, 2018
A chilling story that was hard to put down. We'll never know Helga's real thoughts down there in the bunker, but Craigie has attempted to piece together one version of how it might have been based on surviving witness testimony. Just so very sad for her and the other children. I rage against the parents who could do this.

Journal Entry 6 by LittleSuz at Charlotte Square in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Journal Entry 7 by Cassandra2020 at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, August 13, 2018
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Journal Entry 8 by Cassandra2020 at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Chocolate Cake with Hitler by Emma Craigie - Good

Oh, this was an interesting read (and the last of my parallel read with Muriel Spark's short stories). It's a fictionalised version of Helga Goebbels' life as if written by her.

It begins with a photograph being taken of Helga and 'uncle leader'. The author has taken the body language of the child as she leans away from Hitler and spun a whole story of Helga and her life and how it ended in a bunker in Berlin as the Russians approached.

Obviously, there's no way of really knowing what happened in her life or what actually took place in the bunker, but the author has taken a number of known events and a number of real characters and created something very readable and plausible. Makes me wonder what sort of adults the Goebbels children might have become. What isn't a surprise is that the adults were perfectly prepared to murder these children rather than getting them to safety. That Edda Goering and Albert Speer's children survived proves that they did not all have to die.

Obviously, there's no way of really knowing what happened in her life or what actually took place in the bunker, but the author has taken a number of known events and a number of real characters and created something very readable and plausible. Makes me wonder what sort of adults the Goebbels children might have become. What isn't a surprise is that the adults were perfectly prepared to murder these children rather than getting them to safety. That Edda Goering and Albert Speer's children survived proves that they did not all have to die.

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