Trudi Kanter’s memoir about a young Jewish hat-maker
living in Vienna during Hitler’s reign was originally published in 1984. It was rediscovered in a second-hand book store in London and re-released.
The story of Trudi’s life is presented in a gentle way – giving the reader the full understanding of the tension of the time, without completely examining the atrocities going on. It gives us a look into the everyday life of a person trying to survive and thrive under very dire circumstances. And yet, Trudi managed to live and love and, in many ways, succeed.
The book’s conversational tone makes it an easy read. In fact, reading it is much like talking with Trudi (or having tea with your grandmother). The author focuses on the people in her life – her parents, her ex-husband, her husband, and her employees. They are all affected by the Holocaust in different ways and we get a peek into the good and bad in their daily living.
It was a stressful, harrowing time – but in between the moments of real desperation, Trudi also shares with us her happiness.
Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler seems to a be a full disclosure of the best and worst of the era of Hitler.