Thursday, 24 March 2011

The English German Girl by Jake Wallis Simons

The world is all-too familiar with the horrors of Nazi Germany, but barely a year before the outbreak of the Second World War there began an operation to try and save some of the youngest and most vulnerable of its potential victims.
The English German Girl
by Jake Wallis Simons
out 14th April
The Kindertransport, also know as the Refugee Children Movement, took nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland and the Free City of Danzig by train to place them in British foster homes, hostels, and farms. Most of the children rescued survived the war and some were reunited with their families, but most never saw them again.

Jake Wallis Simon’s new novel The English German Girl follows fifteen-year-old Rosa Klein as she leaves for England on a Kindertransport and tries to build a life which will bring her family safely out of Germany. As she struggles to even make herself understood in a foreign country, she begins to think that there are some promises that cannot be kept after all.

Already being hailed by survivors of the Kindertransport and novelists alike, more information on The English German Girl, the Kindertransport and Jake Wallis Simons can be found at

The English German Girl by Jake Wallis Simons is published by Polygon on 14th April.