A children’s book set in Berlin
An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany
Eleanor Ramrath Garner, the book’s author, was the daughter of a German immigrant living in the United States when World War II started. Conditions for Germans in the US and the opportunity for a good job in Germany, brought her family back to their native land. However, Eleanor was an American. She didn’t want to be in Germany and did not like what she was seeing around her. This is her story.
A Note from KidsTravelBooks editor
I have a personal interest in Germany having lived there for a bulk of my life. I gravitate towards stories about life in during World War II because I studied it in college. This story, in particular, interests me because the main character started out living in the United States. She lived there in a time when the atrocities Germans were committing in Europe were having a negative effect on the German immigrants living in the U.S. While most of this story takes place in Berlin, I did notice a connection to Eleanor’s experience in the US and Dr. Seuss’s childhood in Springfield, MA that I read about in the book The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to be Dr. Seuss.
Recommendation for an Adult Travel Book about this topic
If you’re reading this with your kid and are looking for a book about an American adult’s time in WWII Germany, check out Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts.