The Tiger in the Attic: Memories of the Kindertransport and Growing Up English

University of Chicago Press, 15 . 2008 . - : 256
In 1939, on the eve of Hitler's invasion of Poland, seven-year-old Edith Milton (then Edith Cohn) and her sister Ruth left Germany by way of the Kindertransport, the program which gave some 10,000 Jewish children refuge in England. The two were given shelter by a jovial, upper-class British foster family with whom they lived for the next seven years. Edith chronicles these transformative experiences of exile and good fortune in The Tiger in the Attic, a touching memoir of growing up as an outsider in a strange land.

In this illuminating chronicle, Edith describes how she struggled to fit in and to conquer self-doubts about her German identity. Her realistic portrayal of the seemingly mundane yet historically momentous details of daily life during World War II slowly reveals istelf as a hopeful story about the kindness and generosity of strangers. She paints an account rich with colorful characters and intense relationships, uncanny close calls and unnerving bouts of luck that led to survival. Edith's journey between cultures continues with her final passage to Americayet another chapter in her life that required adjustment to a new worldallowing her, as she narrates it here, to visit her past as an exile all over again.

The Tiger in the Attic is a literary gem from a skilled fiction writer, the story of a thoughtful and observant child growing up against the backdrop of the most dangerous and decisive moment in modern European history. Offering a unique perspective on Holocaust studies, this book is both an exceptional and universal story of a young German-Jewish girl caught between worlds.

Adjectives like audacious and eloquent, enchanting and exceptional require rationing. . . . But what if the book demands these terms and more? Such is the case with The Tiger in the Attic, Edith Miltons marvelous memoir of her childhood.Kerry Fried, Newsday

Milton is brilliant at the small stroke . . . as well as broader ones.Alana Newhouse, New York Times Book Review

 

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LibraryThing Review

  - jon1lambert - LibraryThing

Too long like most books but interesting from point of view of memory and what is and isn't recalled. Germany and the horrors of World War II lurk in the background throughout.

LibraryThing Review

  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

I began thinking that this book would describe the "transport" but of course, that wouldn't even take a chapter. As I read further, I became more and more fascinated at the way Milton was able to look at herself and the persons in her life beyond the appearances all of us project.

Getting There
1
Eggs
16
The Second Year of the War
24
Leeds
Down in the Forest
Mutti and Pappi
The Tiger in the Attic
Jesus and Me
War and Peace
Saint Brides
Leaving
Ocean Crossing
Chamber Music
Understanding Mother
Weather

Dried Eggs and Puberty

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 (2008)

Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Edith Milton is a freelance writer who lives in California and New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in, among other places, the New York Times Book Review, New Republic, and Boston Globe. She is the author of the novel Corridors.