Hitler and Mars Bars

Ascroft, Dianne

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Synopsis: Erich's first home is Goldschmidthaus, a Children's Home near Essen. He lives for visits with his beloved mother and longs for the day he will live with her. He is distraught when, after a heavy bombing raid, her visits abruptly cease.

After the war he finds himself, with hundreds of other German children, transported across Europe to escape the appalling conditions in their homeland. Operation Shamrock brings Erich and his brother, Hans, to a new life in Ireland but with different families.

During the next few years Erich experiences the best and worst of Irish life. Living in a string of foster families, he finds love and acceptance in some and indifference and brutality in others. At Daddy Davy's he finds a loving home and is re-united with his brother. But his brief taste of happiness is dashed by circumstances he cannot control.

This is the story of a German boy growing up alone in Ireland. He dreams of finding his mother. He yearns for a family who will love and keep him forever. He learns his brother is his ally not his rival. Plucky and resilient he surmounts the challenges his ever changing world presents.

Set in Germany's industrialised Ruhr Valley during the Second World War and post-war rural Ireland this book evokes a little known episode in German and Irish history. It is a moving tale of a German child caught in war's vicelike grip and flung into a new land to grow and forge a new life.

"It's a riveting story...As a novel it is extraordinarily well researched.... Beautifully written with a strong human story running through it..." Brian D'Arcy, BBC broadcaster, Sunday World columnist, author

"An endearing story...Ascroft is superb in telling the story from Erich's point of view...The story is both vivid and moving..." News Letter (Belfast)

About the Author: Dianne Ascroft is a Canadian writer living in Britain. She earned a B.A. (History) in 1984 and since moving to Britain in 1990 she has lived in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

She writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and regional newspapers including the Toronto Star, Ireland's Own, Senior Times, Celtic Connection and Irish Connections Canada. Her novel Hitler and Mars Bars was first released in 2008. As the overall winner of Trafford Publishing's Book Deal competition it was released by this POD publisher.

She is co-editor and a regular contributor to The Fermanagh Miscellany, the Fermanagh Authors' Association's yearly anthology and she also contributes material to other local history and writers' anthologies.


Dianne is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Historical Novel Society, Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Authors' Association and Fermanagh Writers.

She and her husband reside on a small farm in Northern Ireland with an assortment of strong willed animals. Online she can be found at dianneascroft.wordpress.com.

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Title: Hitler and Mars Bars
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