Angels in the Darkness: A Family's Triumph over Hitler and World War II Berlin, 1935-1949

Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
It is 1936 and Jesse Owens is poised for victory. Berlin is on full display. Hitler is firmly in control. Six-year-old Jutta Bolle relishes Owens's victory and the excitement of the Olympics. But the darkness is already engulfing Jutta's world as her family confronts the evil of Hitler. Each year brings more unimagined hardships and heartbreaks. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Historical » General
  • Words: 254,720
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781604944389
About Lisa Farringer Parker

About the Author

Lisa Farringer Parker is a successful attorney and author. A former professor of writing at Arizona State University, she has appeared on CNN and is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic. She lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with her husband, Vernon B. Parker, the former mayor, and her two children. Jutta Bolle is her mother.


Review by: Scott Skipper on Oct. 19, 2013 :
Angels in the Darkness is a stunning achievement resulting from felicitous access to remarkable primary source material. This is the memoir of a woman who was ten years old in 1939 and living in Berlin. The Bolle family was wealthy, well-known and respected, living in the prestigious suburb of Dahlem from whence Jewish families began to flee after the Kristallnacht, and into those derelict houses first came high-ranking Nazis, and later American officers. Jutta Bolle went to school with Himmler’s daughter and Field Marshall Keitel lived around the corner!

The insight Jutta shares about the family’s fear of the Nazis, the terror of the bombing and the arrival of the Russians is both warm and chilling. Her voice is real and carries the reader right into the events that she witnessed with her description of daily life in wartime Germany. She is both engaging and appealing, and her narrative strips bare many popularly held ideas of this formative period of human disaster. Lisa Farringer Parker’s masterpiece will engross history buffs, war story aficionados, and human-interest fans equally. It’s an unforgettable read!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
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