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Hitler and Mars Bars by Dianne Ascroft

The tale of a remarkable child and era - Erich Schnell's first home is Goldschmidthaus, a Children's Home near Essen, Germany. He lives for visits with his beloved mother and longs for the day he will live with her. He is distraught when, after a heavy bombing raid, her visits abruptly cease.

After the war he finds himself, with hundreds of other German children, transported across Europe to escape the appalling conditions in their homeland. Operation Shamrock brings Erich and his brother, Hans, to a new life in Ireland but with different families.

Living in a string of foster homes, Erich experiences the best and worst of Irish life. When he arrives at Daddy Davy's farm he finds a loving home and is re-united with his brother. But his brief taste of happiness is dashed by circumstances beyond his control. When will life ever get better for him?

This is the story of a German boy growing up alone in Ireland. He dreams of finding his mother. He yearns for a family who will love and keep him forever. He learns his brother is his ally not his rival. Plucky and resilient he surmounts the challenges his ever changing world presents.

Set in Germany's industrialised Ruhr area during the Second World War and post-war rural Ireland this book evokes a little known episode in German and Irish history. It is the tale of a German child caught in war's vicelike grip and flung into a new land to grow and forge a new life.

?It's a riveting story...As a novel it is extraordinarily well researched.... Beautifully written with a strong human story running through it..." Brian D'Arcy, BBC broadcaster, Sunday World columnist, author

"An endearing story...Ascroft is superb in telling the story from Erich's point of view...The story is both vivid and moving..." News Letter (Belfast)

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