Today I finished my third book in my 12 books in 12 months quest. Trudi Kanter’s one and only book is her memoir, Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler. I bought the book for my wife as it was on her Christmas book list, and the title intrigued me. It was not at all what I expected. In fact at first I didn’t realize it was a memoir as it reads like a novel.
Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler brings us into the quickly shifting geo-political world of Europe during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Trudi is a successful Viennese business owner, a milliner who travels from to Paris and London developing contacts and building her business. We learn about her friends, including her estranged husband Pepi, her romance with Walter, and her aging yet independent parents. We also see her fear of the Nazis as she and her Jewish friends struggle to escape. Freedom is elusive and fraught with challenges for Trudi.
This love story is worth a read, and take a moment to read the introduction and the notes at the end as you will get some additional insight into the author and the story. This book was almost lost to us on more than one occasion. Be thankful for the opportunity to read Trudi Kanter’s story.