The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....
"I loved it ... and hated it ... simultaneously"
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson explores several crucial years in Berlin through the eyes of the US ambassador and his family. Their experiences serve as both a cautionary tale about the insidiousness of evil and a harbinger of the hard realization that the rest of America was forced to make in a few short years.
Berlin, 1933. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered academic from Chicago, has, to his own and everyone else's surprise, become America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proves to be a turning point in history. Dodd and his family, most notably his vivacious daughter, Martha, observe at first-hand the many changes - some subtle, some disturbing, and some horrifically violent - that signal Hitler's consolidation of power. Dodd has little choice but to associate with key figures in the Nazi party.
Grandpa in my Pocket is a hit BAFTA nominated CBeebies show for pre-schoolers about a mischievous Grandpa with a magic Shrinking Cap. Only his grandson Jason Mason knows the secret, so when Grandpa shrinks and gets into trouble, only Jason can come to the rescue. Set in the fictional seaside town of Sunnysands, Grandpa in my Pocket is a warm-hearted comedy for all the family.
Author Erik Larson always wondered what it would have been like for an outsider to have witnessed firsthand the rise of Hitler’s rule — what Berlin looked like, felt like, smelled like, and why it took so long to recognize the danger posed by Hitler and his regime.