Originally published in 1984 in the UK and just as fast out of print, Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler was rediscovered by a British editor, who bought a used copy last year, read it, loved it, and decided to bring it out again. It’s a pretty remarkable story about a charismatic milliner in the late 30s, who designs for the creme de la creme of Vienna. She’s fun, has lovers, hangs out in cafes. Of course we all know what’s coming–Hitler and World War II. Trudi falls in love with Walter Ehrlich, a romantic businessman, but once the Germans arrive they find themselves desperate to escape.
It’s a fascinating true story from someone who witnessed much tragic history. I’m glad that it’s been found again.
You had me at “charismatic milliner”!