Gretel Wachtel was born in Germany in 1915 and was twenty-four years old when the Second World War began. She moved to England in 1945, where she remained until her death in 2005. Claudia Strachan was born in Germany and in 1993 she moved to England, where she met Gretel. She spent the next nine years researching Gretel’s story.
“Well-written and succinct…[Gretel Wachtel’s] defiance of the Gestapo and her willingness to serve time in a concentration camp gives Ms. Wachtel special status, similar to others like Oskar Schindler.”
– New York Journal of Books
--Jewish Book World
Hamburg, Germany under Nazi control during WWII.