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    DescriptionThe Aichele family were decent, cultured, peace-loving Germans trying their hardest not to get swept up in the madness of Hitler's Third Reich. But by the time war came, for civilians on all sides, there was nowhere left to hide. The conflict took Wolfram, the family's gentle, 18-year-old son, to the Russian Front and the Normandy beaches. It also engulfed the town of his childhood, obliterating its inhabitants in a devastating firestorm. Wolfram is a powerful story of human survival. It is testimony to the fact that even in the darkest times there remains a spark of humanity that can never be totally extinguished.


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    Title
    Wolfram
    Subtitle
    The Boy Who Went to War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giles Milton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780340840832
    ISBN 10: 0340840838
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
    DC22: 943.086092
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DFG, 3JJG
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, DNBH, NHD, NHWL
    Illustrations note
    2 x 8pp sections and map
    Publisher
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Imprint name
    Sceptre
    Publication date
    15 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Giles Milton is a writer and historian. He is the bestselling author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Big Chief Elizabeth, The Riddle and the Knight, White Gold, Samurai William, Paradise Lost and, most recently, Wolfram. He has also written two novels and two children's books, one of them illustrated by his wife Alexandra. He lives in South London.
    Review quote
    'As an Englishman writing about a German destiny for a non-German public, Milton avoids the pitfalls. Instead he renders a service to his father-in-law's generation by reminding readers about the sheer physical, mental and spiritual effect it took to stay true to oneself in a vicious regime.' The Times 'idiosyncratic and utterly fascinating' Mail on Sunday 'a truly remarkable story ... a tour de force.' Miranda Seymour 'a compelling account of 20th-century darkness.' Sun Herald 'Giles Milton is one of our most engaging writers of non-fiction. In Wolfram, he writes with deceptive simplicity, matching his effortless style with a fascinating subject to create a page-turning and thought-provoking book.' Victoria Hislop 'a remarkable narrative of [Wolfram] Aichele's life during the Nazi regime, written by his son-in-law Giles Milton.' Irish Times Engrossing ... Milton's book celebrates the heroism of individuals who put lives before ideologies Independent 'as a portrait of how these civilised individuals were able to survive, this is invaluable.' Daily Express 'Besides being moving and readable, Milton's social history provides a sympathetic counterbalance to the idea that all wartime Germans were "Hitler's willing executioners".' Mail on Sunday 'a delight to read.' www.thebookbag.co.uk 'Milton's book is no apology for the Third Reich - rather it is the very human, horrifying story of an ordinary German boy and his family of free-thinking artists, none of whom supported Hitler's politics and all of whom suffered great hardships.' Saga 'Giles Milton looks deeper into family history with Wolfram, the story of his father-in-law's childhood under the Third Reich.' Hobart Mercury 'Milton's writing, too, is first-rate. Engaging, poignant and vivid, he wrings just the right amount of pathos from his story, and shifts seamlessly between the varying "voices" of his narrative... a very valid and interesting book' BBC History Magazine 'idiosyncratic and utterly fascinating' Mail on Sunday '... the story of the Aichele family reveals an undercurrent of passive resistance that existed among ordinary Germans... In considering what Germans went through during the war, Milton's book shows that our understanding should not be so clear cut... Milton's close analysis of the experiences of Germans demonstrates that they too could be victims of the war.' Spectator 'Nazi Germany becomes three-dimensional in Giles Milton's touching study of a boy from a decent family which practised its own form of passive resistance.' Sunday Telegraph 'affectionate account' Times Literary Supplement 'a valuable record of what it was like to be sucked into war, and a vivid evocation of the fear and bewilderment of living in the Third Reich.' The Guardian