Thursday, December 12, 2019

The German House by Annette Hess

It is 1963 in Germany where the Frankfurt trials are ready to get underway.

We meet Eva who works there as a translator and has a fiancée who doesn’t want her to work after they are married.  Eva isn't sure it will work out.

When Eva attended the opening of the trials, she was horrified at what the defendants had done and were accused of as well as wondered why her parents would never say one thing about the war which made her wonder what part they had played in it. 

We follow Eva in her personal life and in her job as a translator for the Polish witnesses who were testifying against the Germans.  Eva was determined to have justice served.

Her personal story told a lot about the type of person she was, but it was difficult for her as well as me to hear the German defendants strongly deny they did anything and pleaded not guilty.

I really liked Eva's parents and loved hearing about the restaurant they owned but they were hiding something.

Her sister who was a nurse was a bit on the odd side and did things at the hospital that weren’t good just to make herself look good.  Her personal life wasn’t much better.

Eva’s little brother Stefan was a typical, sweet kid.

Eva’s fiancée wasn’t someone I cared for, but he had secrets too.

Ms. Hess has a writing style that will pull you in and have you completely absorbed in the book.  Her research is impeccable.

THE GERMAN HOUSE is a book that historical fiction fans will devour.

You do not want to miss reading this is an impressive, powerful, thought-provoking read.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Sounds good. I'd like to know how it ended.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Mystica.

      I hope you are able to read the book.

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    1. The book is excellent.

      You will like it, Laurel.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. Some of what you mentioned in the book was a reminder to me that it must be so hard for present day German adults to wonder about their parents' part in what happened and never really know.

    1. That would make me wonder too.

      Thanks for commenting, Elizabeth.