Iron Annie and A Long JourneyBook
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SPL_Sherri Sep 14, 2017
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Reviewed in Stratford Gazette Sept 2017
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There have been many stories written over the years that delve into the lives of ordinary people living in the extraordinarily harsh and brutal times of war. Horrifyingly, these stories are still being lived today. Local author Lisa Hutchison has added to this body of literature with her recently published book 'Iron Annie and a long journey'.
The book details the lives of her parents Albert and Charlotte and their families starting in post-World War I Germany. Albert was a military-trained pilot who flew for Lufthansa and met Charlotte in her position as private secretary to the flight operations manager. Berlin was a glamorous, artistic city in the 1930's and Albert and Charlotte enjoyed building their lives and family there. This contentment was disrupted when Hitler came to power and Albert was hand-picked from Lufthansa to be part of Hitler's flying crew. In this position, Albert had contact with Hitler, Eva Braun and Hermann Goering while quietly, consistently resisting pressure to join the Nazi party.
What follows is a dizzying inside look at the lives of ordinary Germans in the midst of war. Focus on specific circumstances of Albert and Charlotte’s family is balanced with the big picture of the war in Europe. A significant portion of the book is written in dialogue, based on the author’s observations of how her parents communicated, with the result being a gripping, fast-moving read that doesn’t gloss over the hardships. - SAB
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