The School that Escaped the Nazis: The True Sto­ry of the School­teacher Who Defied Hitler

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January 4, 2022

Named one of Book Riot’s BEST BIOGRA­PHIES OF 2022

The extra­or­di­nary true sto­ry of a coura­geous school prin­ci­pal who saw the dan­gers of Nazi Ger­many and took dras­tic steps to save those in harm’s way
In 1933, the same year Hitler came to pow­er, school­teacher Anna Essinger saved her small, pro­gres­sive school from Nazi Ger­many. Anna had read Mein Kampf and knew the ter­ri­ble dan­ger that Hitler’s hate-fueled ide­olo­gies posed to her pupils, so she hatched a coura­geous and dar­ing plan: to smug­gle her school to the safe­ty of England.
As the school she estab­lished in Kent, Eng­land, flour­ished despite the many chal­lenges it faced, the news from her home coun­try con­tin­ued to dark­en. Anna watched as Europe slid toward war, with dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for the Jew­ish chil­dren left behind. In time, Anna would take in orphans who had giv­en up all hope: the sur­vivors of unimag­in­able hor­rors. Anna’s school offered these scarred chil­dren the love and secu­ri­ty they need­ed to rebuild their lives.
Fea­tur­ing mov­ing first­hand tes­ti­mo­ny from sur­viv­ing pupils, and draw­ing from let­ters, diaries, and present-day inter­views, The School that Escaped the Nazis is a dra­mat­ic human tale that offers a unique per­spec­tive on Nazi per­se­cu­tion and the Holo­caust. It is also the sto­ry of one woman’s refusal to allow her belief in a bet­ter world to be over­tak­en by hatred and violence.

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