Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered (Paperback)

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October 2012
Kanter's ability to take you inside her memories is phenomenal. Her tone is fluid, yet full of the tension of the times. You are there, seeing through her eyes. Her use of unique phrases -- 'it was delicious to know who was walking with whom' -- and the way she speaks directly to her husband's memory add a refreshing and dreamlike familiarity to her prose. A love story, a reminder of a cruel period in history, and a book filled with hope, beautifully written. I'll never forget it! -- Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA

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An “instantly mesmerizing” (Oprah.com) and “valuable piece of social history” (Chicago Jewish Star)—the astonishing memoir of a “vivid, tenacious, and absolutely unforgettable” (Bookreporter.com) woman whose courage and resourcefulness kept her and her beloved safe after the Nazis invaded Austria.

Vienna, 1938: Trudi Kanter, stunning, chic, and charismatic, is a renowned hat designer for Europe’s stylish women. She frequents the most elegant cafés, flies to Paris for fashion shows, and has fallen in love with a handsome businessman. “We were young and the world was ours,” she writes. But in the blink of an eye, Hitler comes to power and Kanter’s world collapses. She and her family embark on “an incredible odyssey” (Booklist) across Europe, desperate to escape Nazi-occupied Austria.

Nearly fifty years later, Kanter wrote her own harrowing story and published Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler in 1984. After her death, the book went out of print and this extraordinary true tale was lost until a British editor rediscovered it in a used bookshop. Now in paperback, we are again given the chance to read this remarkable “memoir of an era that must not be forgotten” (Shelf Awareness)—a book that has been described as both “a matter-of-fact description of menace and impending danger” (The Wall Street Journal) and “a poem of love” (Chicago Jewish Star).

About the Author


Trudi Kanter was born in Austria and moved across Europe as she tried to escape the Nazis. She and her husband finally settled in England, where she first published her memoir. Her story was lost after her death in 1992 but was reintroduced to the world with the publication of Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler.

Praise for Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered…


eoeThis one memoir is a generous- spirited book. Its many delightful moments, as well as its almost matter-of-fact description of menace and impending danger, stay long in the mind.e

eoeWhat makes the book so instantly mesmerizingis Trudi Kanter herself, who fashioned sentences just the way she fashionedhats as a milliner in late 1930s Viennae"each a dazzling, delicate object ofdelight.e

eoeTrudiKanter's memoir is blessed with a wonderful title and an even better backstoryeher spirited charm will win you over.e

eoeIn a rediscovered memoir, the charmed life of designer Trudi Kanter is split open as the Nazis claim Vienna and terror reigns. Every Holocaust story is worth remembering, and Trudi's is uniquee"she refuses to lose her vision of what the world should be at its very best: a place of red roses, Paris avenues, and above all else, true love.e
-Alice Hoffman, author of The Dovekeepers

eoeThere have been many books by and about refugees from the Third Reichebut there can be few if any that manage to combine terror and death with such sheer frivolity as this engaging memoire.Ms. Kantere(TM)s attraction to the light rather than the storm clouds that bedeviled so much of her existence makes her book a happy read.e

eoeWith a natural writing style, a talent for re-creating the details of daily life (especially the fashions), Trudi, who died in 1992, comes alive for the reader, creating what becomes a valuable piece of social history. But more than all this, her memoir is a poem of love to her husband, to the cities of Vienna and Paris, and to a way of life that, in the twinkling of an eye, completely disappeared.e

eoeSome Girls,Some Hats and Hitler does not minimize the horrors of war or the Holocaust, but through Kanter's delightful hopefulness and spare,riveting writing, it presents an unusual memoir of an era that must not be forgotten.e

eoeThis Holocaust memoir is more a tale of love than a horror story of Nazi-occupied Europe...the words
and imagery flow beautifully.e

eoeFrom Paris to Vienna to London, Kantercreates a vibrant tapestry of her incredible odyssey through one of the darkestperiods in contemporary history. Romance, passion, and peril create anauthentically vivid backdrop for this intimate chronicle.e

eoeThis book is a remarkable, first-hand account of life during the time, and the importance that fashion played in the survival of Kanter and her loved ones.e

eoeIn prose that cuts straight to the bone, SOMEGIRLS, SOME HATS AND HITLER tells the true story of Trudie(TM)s astonishing journeyfrom Vienna to Prague to blitzed London seeking safety for her and Walter amidthe horror engulfing EuropeeenchantingeIn these pages she is alive --- vivid,tenacious and absolutely unforgettable.e

eoeTrudi Kanter relates the emotional roller coaster she was on in attempting to get to England with her parents and the love of her life, Walter. The reader shares their terror and resultant cycles of inertia, hope and finally galvanization of emotional resources that Ms. Kanter, her family and friends all brought to bear.e

"Nothing undid beauty and romance like the onslaught of World War II. And yet in Trudi Kanter's elegant memoir Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler love and grace survive the horror in Western Europe. What an enchanting book. What a gem. I could not put it down.e
-Jennifer Gilmore, author ofThe MothersandSomething Red

"This Holocaust memoir is more a tale of love than a horror story of Nazi-occupied Europe...the words
and imagery flow beautifully."

"Distilled through the lens of a sartorial dignitary, Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler offers an illuminating chronicle of narrow wartime escapes, calamity, and ingenuity. What makes this account all the more revealing is its candor regarding the persistence of mortal tendencies amid even the most disastrous of situations. Sometimes there is vanity, sometimes jealousy, and often, in the most unexpected of places, beauty of both the aesthetic and human varieties." --Alicia Oltuski, author of Precious Objects

"A fascinating romance, a tribute to the love that beat Hitler."

eoeA wonderful memoir of a young milliner in pre-World War II Vienna who flees to London with the man she loves when Hitlere(TM)s tanks invade. Despite the tragic subject matter, this warm and vividly humorous autobiography is a must for anyone interested in fashion, history e" and love.e e"Bella

eoeIn a rediscovered memoir, the charmed life of designer Trudi Kanter is split open as the Nazis claim Vienna and terror reigns. Every Holocaust story is worth remembering, and Trudi's is uniquee"she refuses to lose her vision of what the world should be at its very best: a place of red roses, Paris avenues, and above all else, true love.e e"Alice Hoffman

"Nothing undid beauty and romance like the onslaught of World War II. And yet in Trudi Kanter's elegant memoir Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler love and grace survive the horror in Western Europe. What an enchanting book. What a gem. I could not put it down.e --Jennifer Gilmore, author of The Mothers and Something Red

"This Holocaust memoir is more a tale of love than a horror story of Nazi-occupied Europe...the words
and imagery flow beautifully." -Publishers Weekly

"Distilled through the lens of a sartorial dignitary, Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler offers an illuminating chronicle of narrow wartime escapes, calamity, and ingenuity. What makes this account all the more revealing is its candor regarding the persistence of mortal tendencies amid even the most disastrous of situations. Sometimes there is vanity, sometimes jealousy, and often, in the most unexpected of places, beauty of both the aesthetic and human varieties." --Alicia Oltuski, author of Precious Objects

"A fascinating romance, a tribute to the love that beat Hitler." --Daily Post

eoeA wonderful memoir of a young milliner in pre-World War II Vienna who flees to London with the man she loves when Hitlere(TM)s tanks invade. Despite the tragic subject matter, this warm and vividly humorous autobiography is a must for anyone interested in fashion, history e" and love.e e"Bella

eoeFor even in Nazi Vienna, Trudi realized, women still looked in the mirrore.Her book is also about the appetite for life, for clothes and hats, and food, and cocktails, and sex, and furnishings, and good company, and conversation. She knew that even in the bleak darkness, we feel, love, desire. She left no child (she and Walter tried, with no success); her hats are long lost, but her book is her legacy, discovered once again.e



e"From the introduction by Linda Grant, author of The Clothes on Their Backs, The Thoughtful Dresser, and We Had It So Good

Product Details ISBN-10: 1476700281
ISBN-13: 9781476700281
Published: Scribner, 01/14/2014
Pages: 304
Language: English


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