"Well-written and succinct…[Gretel Wachtel's] defiance of the Gestapo and her willingness to serve time in a concentration camp gives Ms. Wachtel special status, similar to others like Oskar Schindler." – New York Journal of Books Gretel's Story reads like a novel... but it is also a most interesting history of what happened in Germany during the Third Reich. Wachtel's friendship with high-ranking officers who were anti-Hitler members of the Wehrtmacht, the failed plot to kill Hitler, the tragic British bombing of two vessels containing Jewish camp survivors, and our heroine's machinations with the charming Brits of the occupying force makes for fascinating reading. --Jewish Book World
From the Inside Flap
Gretel’s Story is the spellbinding account of a free-spirited young woman in a world in which few dared to speak up. Living in Hamburg, Germany, Gretel Wachtel bore witness to the disappearance of her best friend during Kristallnacht, the infamous night of atrocities against the Jewish population in 1938, and during the war she endured the constant bombing of her beloved city by the Allies, surviving the firestorm caused by Operation Gomorrah. An unguarded anti-Nazi comment resulted in her being forced to work in an ammunition factory, but she didn’t lose her desire to fight the totalitarian regime.
Gretel married a Resistance fighter, helped the local priest to protect those hunted by the Gestapo, and hid her Jewish doctor in the cellar of her house. Called up to serve as a typist in the Wehrmacht, Gretel allied herself with the Resistance, passing on secrets learned from her work sending and receiving messages via the Enigma encryption machine. Finally arrested by the Gestapo in 1945 and taken to an internment camp, she was liberated as the British Army advanced toward Hamburg.
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Before the war, Gretel was a fun-loving girl who enjoyed a good time. She was an ordinary person thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Her wartime experiences—as chronicled in Gretel’s own voice by her friend, and journalist, Claudia Strachan—are nothing short of astonishing.