When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Award-winning by Judith Kerr (author)

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Suitable for 11 - 12 years

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Product description

This semi-autobiographical classic, written by the beloved Judith Kerr, tells the story of a Jewish family escaping Germany in the days before the Second World War.

This beautiful new edition celebrates the fifty year anniversary of an adventure that Michael Morpurgo called “The most life-enhancing book you could ever wish to read.”

Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in it any longer, and you found, to your surprise, that your own father was one of those people. This is what happened to Anna in 1933.

Anna is too busy with her schoolwork and tobogganing to listen to the talk of Hitler. But one day she and her brother Max are rushed out of Germany in alarming secrecy, away from everything they know. Their father is wanted by the Nazis. This is the start of a huge adventure, sometimes frightening, very often funny and always exciting.

Judith Kerr wrote When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit fifty years ago, based on her own journey, so that her own children would know where she came from and the lengths to which her parents went to keep her and her brother safe. It has gone on to become a beloved classic that is required reading for many children all over the world and is an unforgettable introduction to the real-life impact of the Second World War.

This new paperback edition celebrates fifty years of this extraordinary story.

Product Details

Catalogue number

753 in Setanta Primary September 2023 and 3812 in Schools Catalogue 2023–24







Date published

July 1st, 2008

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.7; Middle years plus; 9.0 points

Other details

  • 240 pages



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  1. Angie
    on 11 January 2023

    When Hitler stole pink rabbit

    My son and I read this as he was studying WW11. It really drew us in and my son was so interested to hear about the reality of being a refugee during the war. A fantastic book

    5out of 5
  2. Abi
    on 6 February 2019

    When hitler stole the pink rab

    It was ok

    2out of 5

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  1. FluffyUnicorn
    on 22 April 2019

    This book was amazing! It made me want to read it numerous time. It is a story of a young girl called Anna who is forced to leave her home and everything she loves during the Hitler takeover. Really no words can describe this wonderful book by Judith Keer.

    5out of 5
  2. Moonsweet
    on 29 August 2014

    Amazing! Thoroughly gripping and well described i would recommend for all ages as it seems fairly appropriate. A rollercoaster ride for me! I want to read it all over again!

    5out of 5
  3. justbecauseimnerdy
    on 8 March 2014

    This book is excellent. It fantastically shows the innocence of childhood in a staccato burst of humour and seriousness, happiness and sadness, everything you could want from a book. Anna is sweet and the plot is excellent, this semi-autobiographical work is just perfect.

    5out of 5
  4. heart29
    on 6 March 2014

    No words can describe this book, really does highlight the innocence of children in a regime so evil

    4out of 5
  5. sdnicole
    on 29 August 2013

    This book is a very interesting book. It shows the insight of a young girl, Anna, and her hard life being Jewish during the Hitler takeover. Anna is a strong brave girl and would do anything to stay with her family.

    5out of 5
  6. TwilightTeamEdward
    on 21 March 2013

    I really love this book. I’m now on the sequel and I love it!

  7. Sherlock25
    on 8 March 2013

    A sad book but really good, i love books to do with world war 2!

  8. bouncybunny
    on 7 March 2013

    A really memorising book that i shall never for get I felt sorry for anna but not just her this book makes you think of all the jews the nazis killed this book can also be happy at times though , if you read this book I promise you’ll never forget it

  9. flossy1998
    on 29 July 2012

    My mentor told me to read this book. The book is very educational and can be rather sad and happy at times. The book has 246 pages and contains extra pages about information about the world war as well as the nazi party, the book also links to what I am currently learning in History so I agreed with my mentor that it will be an excellent choice.

    The book is about a girl, Anna. Anna and her family have to flee from Germany because Hitler may become Chancellor they are Jews and her father writes antinazi articles and if Hitler becomes Chancellor he will hurt then. The book explores many themes loss, gain, love, dreams. This is one of my favourite books up to date I need to start reading more Of Kerr’s books.

    P.s if you like this you would like ‘the kingdom by sea’ by Robert westall and Morris glieizman once, now, then collection.

    5out of 5
  10. cat6
    on 11 April 2012

    read and enjoyed

    5out of 5
  11. mutemath4ever
    on 3 March 2012

    This is a great book. I actually met the author Judith Kerr and she signed a copy of the book for me, she was really nice. What makes this story even more impressive is the fact is a true story ! A great book, i really enjoyed reading it. Ages 11+

  12. SmileyJess
    on 11 November 2011

    This book was moving, I read it all at home and liked it, but i’ve seen better, but exept that, it was great!

  13. bookworm662
    on 24 April 2011

    the best book in the world

    5out of 5
  14. Hermione2010
    on 17 October 2010

    This book is AMAZING!!!! One of my very most favouritest favourites. It is a sort of autobiography about Judith Kerr’s childhood in Nazi Germany, whilst her father is writing books against the Nazi’s. So they escape, hang on. Read the 3 books for the whole story. I don’t want to spoil it for you!! NOTE: 3 books (2sequels)

    5out of 5
  15. hockeycrazy999
    on 22 August 2009

    This book is gripping and when i met Judith Kerr at the Edinburgh book festival and she signed a copy for me.She also said that her father had to get bodyguards to and from the radio staion because of nazis.

    5out of 5
  16. lukebook99950
    on 14 September 2008

    When hitler stole pink rabbiat was a heartwarming,moving book about world war 2

    4out of 5