Buy Ausländer by Paul Dowswell (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 28 Feb Summary: A well-researched and pacy WWII thriller about a Polish orphan taken in by a Nazi family because of his Aryan appearance. The Auslander [Paul Dowswell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Peter’s parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw.

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But when German officials come looking for “racially pure” boys to send to Berlin and be rehoused with German families, Peter is excited. I picked up Auslander because Goodreads recommended it to me, and then I found it in my library.

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the book, ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’, or in fact anyone who enjoys reading in general. Peter is a well-rounded character, who although at first wanting to fit in with his new family and follow the party line, maintains his compassion and humanity throughout. When he becomes romantically involved with Anna, whose family works for the resistance, Peter soon is helping Jews go into hiding.

There are many interesting and accurate touches – Peter’s maths textbooks contain the exact propagandised language real Nazi textbooks did – how many aeroplanes carrying how many bombs do you think it would take to kill how many filthy Jews?.

Peter, out protagonist, was flat most of the time. There was even a prayer about Hitler they would say. She is head of her chapter for the Jungmadel. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


The style isn’t anything poetic or even descriptive – the Author doesn’t do much to color in Peter’s world. They decide that Peter is racially valuable.

A sad point in history and yet great perspective on standing up when your own life could be at stake. Mar 25, Amanda Tuinstra asulander it liked it. I don’t want to say too much more, because I may end up giving the plot away, but read this book for yourselves, it’s a good read I promise. A fantastic book for older children about a period of history that must not be forgotten.

Ausländer by Paul Dowswell

Lists with This Book. Well, sadly no, and I think it’s largely because Peter never has an iconic dwswell of where he really puts his foot down and denounces the Nazi party; his conversion is gradual.

I learned many new things about this time period and what went on inside German cities, as well as inside the homes of both Nazi supporters and people who did not support the Nazis.

Jaren geleden heb ik de zeer interessante studie van Marc Hillel over het Lebensborn-project van de nazi’s – In naam van het ras – gelezen. Auslander by Paul Dowswell. The main characters evolution from blond Nazi poster child was very believable, it didn’t feel forced or too “heroic” just an average boy who looked around, realized the wrong, and most importantly did something about it.

Peter Bruck, the protagonist, sta Cover Blurb: It also talks about what they would do to the mentally ill people, which is rather hard to swallow. It highlights how before Hitler, Germany was not a nice place, it was rundown and people were hungry, but Hitler changed that, which many but not all thought was for the better. Surprising ending which helped the book’s story appeal.


When the Gestapo begins to suspect Peter and his friends, they must leave Berlin; will they be able to escape? But I did not like the ending. Resh June 6, at 2: From dollhouses with swastika wall paper, to learning songs about Hitler in school and Nazi flags on Christmas trees, children were totally sucked into the Nazi regime. This is a remarkably well-researched historical novel.

The reason why I found them awful was because they were incredibly miserable and stuck up. Apr 06, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. He is a truly amazing Historical writer. Perogyo June 6, at 7: But Peter is not quite the specimen they think. So he starts to take some serious risks. It would be great to contrast with something like Goodnight Mister Tom or a similar British experience of war and loss. I really loved this book! Meanwhile, Anna Reiter and her parents put on a facade of loyalty to the National Socialist party, while they are secretly hiding Jews.