Nesthäkchen and the World War

First English Translation of the German Children's Classic

by Else Ury & Translated by Steven Lehrer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/22/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9780595397297
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9780595841363

About the Book

A recent survey of German women revealed that 55% had read Else Ury's Nesthäkchen books. Even more had heard them read over the radio or had seen the television serialization.

Germans call a spoiled child or family pet a Nesthäkchen. Else Ury's Nesthäkchen is a Berlin doctor's daughter, Annemarie Braun, a slim, golden blond, quintessential German girl. The ten book series follows Annemarie from infancy (Nesthäkchen and Her Dolls) to old age and grandchildren (Nesthäkchen with White Hair).

Nesthäkchen and the World War, the fourth volume in the series, is the tale of a pre-adolescent girl growing up in Berlin at the outbreak of World War I. It presents a charming, skillful evocation of a long-vanished world, while Steven Lehrer's annotations put the story in historical context.

Nesthäkchen and the World War conveys a timeless lesson, for children as well as adults, about the nature of war. Wars often begin with an outpouring of patriotic sentiment. World War I started this way, and Else Ury's description of German war-euphoria in 1914 is chilling. But when the narrative ends, in mid 1916, the war could no longer be mistaken for a noble, patriotic adventure.

About the Author

Else Ury (1877?1943) was a children's author. Her books are German literary classics.

Steven Lehrer is a writer who lives in New York. He is author of Wannsee House and the Holocaust, Hitler Sites, and The Reich Chancellery and Führerbunker Complex.