Reviews

  • It feels increasingly urgent to remember the lessons of World War II and I cannot think of anyone better than Svenja O'Donnell to navigate us through this particular slice of history. A lyrical, engrossing and essential read

    Sathnam Sanghera
  • Svenja O'Donnell turns her skills as an investigative journalist to unearthing a vitally important, powerful, and painful family story from World War Two. I was gripped as Inge's War revealed secrets within secrets, and exposed the dark realities of ordinary people's wartime lives to the light.

    Suzannah Lipscomb
  • Inge’s War is a superbly nuanced reclamation of history and family secrets. With much empathy and skill, Svenja O’Donnell gives us a long withheld, powerful true story of love and suffering on the wrong side of the battle lines in World War II. It’s a timely reminder that a nation’s politics and people are not one and the same, that the innocent are sometimes punished for collective sins, and that women, across ages and cultures, have silently borne the brunt of war in ways we are only beginning to reckon with

    Brian Van Reet, author of SPOILS
  • I can't recommend this book highly enough ... a beautifully told story of tragedy and hope.

    Ed Balls
  • O'Donnell beautifully weaves together her family history with themes of love, guilt and betrayal

    Jack Fairweather, bestselling author of the Costa-prize winning THE VOLUNTEER
  • Too often the most dramatic, fascinating human stories are lost to history because they are never documented. Thankfully, Svenja O'Donnell has rescued the extraordinary saga of her grandmother, a saga filled with love and betrayal and secrets, a saga that illuminates the nature of war and memory. Using her remarkable skills as a reporter and writer, O'Donnell has recorded this story so meticulously and beautifully that it will remain forever in our consciousness

    David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON and THE LOST CITY OF Z
  • Exceptional... It presents a new perspective on the conflict: that of ordinary Germans who endured terrible suffering under the Nazi regime, but also that of women caught up on the wrong side of history. I could not put it down

    Caroline Sanderson, Bookseller (Editor's Choice)
  • The author, a graceful, eloquent writer, follows a trail that sometimes takes her through deeply troubling terrain, and she amply reveals the cruelty and compassion that characterize times of war. Haunting family stories that serve as a metaphor for human suffering everywhere

    Kirkus Starred Review
  • This exceptional account transforms a private tragedy into a universal story of war and survival

    Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
  • This compelling testimonial details the deprivations German citizens faced during the war and reveals a dark part of Danish history. The perspective is enlightening and the accounts of sexual abuse are timely to the continuing Me Too discourse. This memoir deserves a wide audience.

    Booklist Starred Review

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