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This was a harrowing read Not as gripping as her previous two books but interesting just the same 1943 German Fey is married to an Italian count working with the Italian resistance Her German father has just been implicated in a plot to kill Hitler As a result Fey is arrested by the Gestapo and her two young boys are taken from her and sent to an orphanage in Austria For the rest of the war Fey is shunted around the camps as Himmler keeps her and other high ranking prisoners alive to use as This was a harrowing read Not as gripping as her previous two books but interesting just the same 1943 German Fey is married to an Italian count working with the Italian resistance Her German father has just been implicated in a plot to kill Hitler As a result Fey is arrested by the Gestapo and her two young boys are taken from her and sent to an orphanage in Austria For the rest of the war Fey is shunted around the camps as Himmler keeps her and other high ranking prisoners alive to use as bargaining chips when the now inevitable German defeat occurs After the war Fey and her husband embark on a mission to find their two missing boys Bailey draws on survivors accounts in this to describe life in the camps and it does not make for easy reading A fab read The story takes place in the last two years of the second world war Fey von Hassell, the protagonist of the book, lives in Friuli in North Eastern Italy The region is the theatre for fierce fighting between the Allied and Axis forces and is in the grip of a civil war From this beginning, the story moves to Germany which is fast yielding to Russian and Allied forces pushing in on all fronts In a balanced, restrained, yet evocative fashion, Catherine Bailey outlines these complicated historica The story takes place in the last two years of the second world war Fey von Hassell, the protagonist of the book, lives in Friuli in North Eastern Italy The region is the theatre for fierce fighting between the Allied and Axis forces and is in the grip of a civil war From this beginning, the story moves to Germany which is fast yielding to Russian and Allied forces pushing in on all fronts In a balanced, restrained, yet evocative fashion, Catherine Bailey outlines these complicated historical events and the social environs in which Fey von Hassell moves From orderly, tensed but still civilized, the story turns dramatic and brutal Catherine Bailey with masterfully placed strokes delivers a fair, complete and insightful portrait of the protagonist She uses Fey s own voice from letters, diary entries and memoirs to reveal her feelings In so doing Catherine Bailey deeply involves the reader in the pain, suffering and emotional turmoil that Fey has to withstand This book is a reminder of the catastrophic consequences that fascist ideologies have had and can have in European history It is also a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that millions of people symbolically personified in the story in Fey s father Ulrich underwent to hand us the liberal democracies we now live in Ultimately what makes this a must read book, is Catherine Bailey s fine and vivid prose It is her prose that brings the story to life, transposing the reader right into the unfolding of events With so much having been written about the 2nd world war, we should have reached saturation point some time ago but, at least as far as I am concerned, this story of what happened to the families of those who plotted to assassinate Hitler has not had much coverage The Nazi s policy, led by Himmler, was to round up and incarcerate all the relatives of the plotters Catherine Bailey s book follows the plight of Fey, a German woman, and daughter of one of the most prominent plotters, married to an With so much having been written about the 2nd world war, we should have reached saturation point some time ago but, at least as far as I am concerned, this story of what happened to the families of those who plotted to assassinate Hitler has not had much coverage The Nazi s policy, led by Himmler, was to round up and incarcerate all the relatives of the plotters Catherine Bailey s book follows the plight of Fey, a German woman, and daughter of one of the most prominent plotters, married to an Italian Not only was she arrested and imprisoned, but she also had her two infant sons taken away from her.The story reads like a mystery novel as Fey and the other family members are constantly being transported from place to place sometimes to concentration camp annexes and sometimes to luxury Alpine hotels Tension builds as the war is coming to an end and the Russian and American forces are closing in Will they be executed before they can be rescued The only weakness is that it could have done withruthless editing as Catherine Bailey has had access to a wealth of material particularly letters and diaries written at the time and included muchdetail than is necessary Catherine Bailey is a British historian and the author of two previous books She tends to look at specific incidents and people in history and her books are always well written Her new book, The Lost Boys A Family Ripped Apart by War , which covers the well known Operation Valkyrie and it s aftermath There was fairly strong anti Hitler anti Nazi sentiment in Germany during the war Several assassination plots against Hitler and his coterie were plannedbut basically remained plots as th Catherine Bailey is a British historian and the author of two previous books She tends to look at specific incidents and people in history and her books are always well written Her new book, The Lost Boys A Family Ripped Apart by War , which covers the well known Operation Valkyrie and it s aftermath There was fairly strong anti Hitler anti Nazi sentiment in Germany during the war Several assassination plots against Hitler and his coterie were plannedbut basically remained plots as they were too difficult or the plotters ran into bad luck until Valkyrie , on July 20, 1944 Bad luck because the meeting was held in a practically open room and the bomb that did actually blow up, wasn t strong enough to kill Hitler The plotters were quickly rounded up and many plotters were put to death Hitler also vowed to take the punishment to the plotters families and that s the basis of Bailey s book One of the plotters was Ulrich von Hassell, a German diplomat, and his family was arrested by the Gestapo One of the v0n Hassell s four children was Fey Pirzio Biroli, who was married to an Italian aristocrat Both families were active in the resistance against Hitler and Mussolini The two boys ages 3 and 4 when they are arrested with their mother by the Gestapo in their northern Italian villa Separated from her children, Fey is put with a group of Prominenten , family of those considered important to the Gestapo This group was often held as hostages and trade bait to foreign governments Okay, if I ve made The Lost Boys sound confusing, it is because the book IS confusing I ve given it four stars instead of five because I thought it could have been written in a clearer manner For instance, the story is muchabout Fey Pirzio Biroli and what she endured as she was shuffled from one holding cell to another, from one concentration camp to another, as part of the Prominenten for the last 8 months of the war Her boys were lost to her and their family, but by the end of the book, their story ended happily I think the book needed a strict editor to shape the story and the characters However, the book is interesting and I can recommend it I was pleased to see all the photographs of the people and places referred to in the text, as well as some excellent maps of Germany, Austria, and Italy I would just advise you read the book when you have easy access to Wikipedia, because there are lots of people and places to look up I have not read Black Diamonds but The Lost Boys is far better than The Secret Rooms if only because it has a muchgripping story to tell I disagree with those who consider it too long providing the political and military context in which Fey von Hassell, her family, friends and fellow prisoners had to operate enhances rather than distracts from the account The story is not new Fey von Hassell herself wrote about it in A Mother s War 1990 but it is not well known in the U.K I have not read Black Diamonds but The Lost Boys is far better than The Secret Rooms if only because it has a muchgripping story to tell I disagree with those who consider it too long providing the political and military context in which Fey von Hassell, her family, friends and fellow prisoners had to operate enhances rather than distracts from the account The story is not new Fey von Hassell herself wrote about it in A Mother s War 1990 but it is not well known in the U.K and Catherine Bailey is very good at conveying the complexities and dangers in particular localities during the final years of the war.One of the strengths of the book is that, although its focus is on the tribulations experienced by an aristocratic, liberal, anti Nazi and anti Fascist group, it never tries to conceal the horrors dealt out to less well placed opponents and victims of the Nazi regime The pro democratic aristocrats are well aware of the atrocities and spoiler alert it come as no surprise to me that the elder of the lost boys subsequently made his career in the E.U Commission Multi lingual, eloquent and cultured, the heroes of this book stand in vivid contrast to the insular ignoramuses about to Get Brexit Done Hard pressed to read amoving historical book all year and if I could I would give it 10 stars A remarkable tale of loss, courage the patriarch former ambassador to Italy is one of the main conspirators in the July 20 Plot to assassinate Hitler perseverance, maltreatment and heartbreaking love story between the mother of the boys and the one survivng von Stauffenberg brother Whilst the treatment of the valued prisoners , whom Himmler thought he could use as bargaining chips in his Hard pressed to read amoving historical book all year and if I could I would give it 10 stars A remarkable tale of loss, courage the patriarch former ambassador to Italy is one of the main conspirators in the July 20 Plot to assassinate Hitler perseverance, maltreatment and heartbreaking love story between the mother of the boys and the one survivng von Stauffenberg brother Whilst the treatment of the valued prisoners , whom Himmler thought he could use as bargaining chips in his desperation to save his own skin, is pretty dire as they are carted from one appalling concentration camp to another the description of their train ride from East Prussia and the plight of the refugees who have to walk is especially striking but nothing compared to what is taking place elsewhere in the camp.the guards who smile at them and give them special treatment are sociopathic monsters once they pass through the door to the part of the camp that houses the Jews, homosexuals, Roma etcthe nihilistic character of the Nazis is portrayed brilliantly as they go to the wire with no let up in their brutality even with the Allies closing in Superbly written and chapeau to the author for coming upon this compelling story really impressive Is there a happy ending.well everything is relative given what goes before it.and for you to find out..no spoilers here my dears. I absolutely loved this book It was both an EASY read and a HARD read EASY because it was beautifully written and in a logical order HARD because it was difficult to read about and comprehend the awfulness of the war time atrocities There were times when I thought I couldn t read any further as the brutality was described in such detail that I almost felt as though I was a bystander watching the horrors a close quarters Although it is the story of the two lost sons it mainly tells the story I absolutely loved this book It was both an EASY read and a HARD read EASY because it was beautifully written and in a logical order HARD because it was difficult to read about and comprehend the awfulness of the war time atrocities There were times when I thought I couldn t read any further as the brutality was described in such detail that I almost felt as though I was a bystander watching the horrors a close quarters Although it is the story of the two lost sons it mainly tells the story of their mother Frey s experiences during world war two Fey was a German married to an Italian Fey s father was one of the instigators in the plot, which failed, to kill Hitler and because of this her fate as a special prisoner was almost inevitable Catherine Bailey s research of this story is to be applauded I have already read her book Black Diamonds , which was also superb and I have now started her book The Secret Rooms , which is proving to be an excellent read I have searched to see if she has written anything else but sadly it doesn t appear to be the case So, I will be keeping an eye out for whatever she writes next and will be in the queue to buy it when it does come out *Kindle ⇷ The Lost Boys: A Family Ripped Apart by War ⇜ Berlin, SeptemberUlrich von Hassell, former ambassador to Italy and a key member of the German Resistance, is executed for his part in an assassination plot against Hitler In response to the attack, Himmler, leader of the SS, orders the arrest of all the families of the plottersIn a remote castle in Italy, von Hassell s beloved daughter, Fey, is discovered just when she thought she had escaped the Nazi net She is arrested and her two sons, aged three and two are seized by the SS Fey has no idea of her children s fate as she is dragged away on a terrifying journey to the darkest corners of a Europe savaged by warMoving from a palazzo in the heart of the Italian countryside to the horrors of Buchenwald, Catherine Bailey tells an extraordinary story of resistance at the heart of the Second World War The Lost Boys is an illuminating and devastating account of great personal sacrifice, of loss and, above all, of defiance Touch Not the Cat SeptemberUlrich von Hassell The Charmer’s Box former ambassador to Italy and a key member of the German Resistance The Charmer’s Box: Poetry is executed for his part in an assassination plot against Hitler In response to the attack Red Roots (Vampire Empire, Himmler What to Do Until Love Finds You: The Bestselling Guide to Preparing Yourself for Your Perfect Mate leader of the SS Rizal Beyond the Grave: A Reiteration of the Greatness of the Martyr of Bagumbayan orders the arrest of all the families of the plottersIn a remote castle in Italy The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory, 1965-67 von Hassell s beloved daughter Last Words of Saints and Sinners: 700 Final Quotes from the Famous, the Infamous, and the Inspiring Figures of History Fey Sineater is discovered just when she thought she had escaped the Nazi net She is arrested and her two sons Winters Heat (Omega Boys, aged three and two are seized by the SS Fey has no idea of her children s fate as she is dragged away on a terrifying journey to the darkest corners of a Europe savaged by warMoving from a palazzo in the heart of the Italian countryside to the horrors of Buchenwald Dahlia Black Catherine Bailey tells an extraordinary story of resistance at the heart of the Second World War The Lost Boys is an illuminating and devastating account of great personal sacrifice Dahlia Black of loss and Dahlia Black: A Novel above all The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness of defiance If this book were written as a novel, I would have viewed it as stretching credibility The story of Fey and Detalmo, their connection with the would be assassins of Hitler, and the loss and recovery of their sons, is truly awe inspiring.The author has researched memoirs, cross checking and filling in details of what happened, and talked to survivors and the descendants of survivors What emerges is a heart rending human story, but also a commentary on some aspects of the Second World War and th If this book were written as a novel, I would have viewed it as stretching credibility The story of Fey and Detalmo, their connection with the would be assassins of Hitler, and the loss and recovery of their sons, is truly awe inspiring.The author has researched memoirs, cross checking and filling in details of what happened, and talked to survivors and the descendants of survivors What emerges is a heart rending human story, but also a commentary on some aspects of the Second World War and the Reich with which I was unfamiliar, especially the Nazi push into northern Italy after the fall of Mussolini and the Allied capture of Rome.This book was difficult to put down, and I don t say that of many books I also felt humbled by the courage of so many people in the face of brutality and tyranny, and the suffering they endured all over Europe, not that many years ago Lest we forget This is another fantastic historical saga from Catherine Bailey that tells the true story of two young brothers, taken from their mother and placed in a Nazi orphanage during the Second World War Their grandfather, Ulrich von Hassell was the German ambassador to Italy and it was his actions against Hitler that led to their punishment The book is written with great factual detail and really brings to life the horrible realities of war on a personal level I have also read Black Diamonds by Cath This is another fantastic historical saga from Catherine Bailey that tells the true story of two young brothers, taken from their mother and placed in a Nazi orphanage during the Second World War Their grandfather, Ulrich von Hassell was the German ambassador to Italy and it was his actions against Hitler that led to their punishment The book is written with great factual detail and really brings to life the horrible realities of war on a personal level I have also read Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey and found both books to be fascinating Her writing style brings these sad events to life, but I do feel her books are over long which can take some enjoyment from them