E&T to publish Lebensborn memoir

Posted on 18 Sep 2014 - 08:45

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of Hitler’s Forgotten Children: My Life Inside the Lebensborn by Ingrid von Oelhafen and Tim Tate. Publisher Jennie Condell bought UK & Commonwealth rights from Andrew Lownie at Andrew Lownie Literary Agency.

A powerful first-person account, Hitler’s Forgotten Children relates an incredible story that has not been told fully in any publication in English before now. In 1942 Erika, a baby girl from Sauerbrunn in Yugoslavia, was taken for a ‘medical’ examination by the Nazi occupiers. Declared an ‘Aryan’, she was removed from her mother and held in a children’s home; her true identity erased, she became Ingrid von Oelhafen.

The Lebensborn programme was the brainchild of Himmler: an extraordinary plan to create an Aryan master race. Later, as Ingrid began to uncover her true identity, the full scale of the scheme became clear – including the kidnapping of up to half a million babies like her, and the deliberate murder of children born into the programme who were deemed ‘substandard’.

Her research took her to little-known records of the Nuremberg Trials, and, ultimately, to Yugoslavia, where an extraordinary discovery revealed the full truth behind her story: the Nazis had substituted ‘Ingrid’ with another child, who had been raised as ‘Erika’ by her family.

Condell said: ‘Ingrid’s quest to discover her true identity is relayed in a gripping narrative that takes readers into the heart of the Lebensborn programme and the secrets of Germany’s past. It is a moving story, written with insight and compassion, but is also a powerful meditation on the personal legacy of Hitler’s vision for a master race. We are delighted to be working with Ingrid and Tim to bring this story to a wide audience.”

Hitler’s Forgotten Children: My Life Inside the Lebensborn will be published as a hardback in May 2015, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Ingrid von Oelhafen is a former physical therapist living in Osnabruck, Germany. For more than 20 years she has been investigating her own extraordinary story and that of Lebensborn. She is in contact with other Lebensborn survivors and has been invited to give talks in schools about the programme and its effects on those who were part of it.

Tim Tate is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker and author. In 2013 he produced and directed Lebensborn: Children of the Master Race, which was broadcast on Channel 5. He is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Slave Girl (2009).

New book about wartime heroism in France, Andree's War, is available now

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 - 17:09

Andrees WarAndrée's War, an engaging tale of heroism in Paris in the Second Wolrd War is now available. Andrée Griotteray White was only nineteen when the Germans invaded Paris but throughout the war she defied the Nazis, aided the Resistance and recorded her exploits in her diary. Now her story is brought to life by her daughter, a story told in English for the first time.

Andrée was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Legion d'Honneur and the Medaille de la Resistance for her actions, but was always modest about her actions in the war. After the Germans invaded, her younger brother Alain set up a Resistance cell and Andrée helped without hesitation. Whilst working at the Police Headquarters, she printed and distributed an underground news sheet and stole blank ID cards to help mena and women trying to escape France. Based on Andrée's diaries from the time and conversations over the years, Francelle Bradford White recounts her mother's incredible story: the narrow escapes and moments of terror alongside a typical teenager's concerns about food, fashion and boys.

For more information about Andrée's War, or to purchase a copy with free UK P&P, visit the dedicated website:

People in London exhibition coming to the Royal Geographical Society

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 - 17:45

People in London bookRichard Slater's forthcoming book People in London: One Photographer. Five Years. The Life of a City is a stunning photographical portrait of the people of a city, captured over five year and showing ordinary Londoners from all walks of life. The book looks at the length and breadth of London's denizens, from the city's various tribes – whether identified by class, wealth, or taste; the extraordinary number of faith groups; the population’s diversity of race and ethnicity; the creative and political life of London’s streets; the numerous festivals and celebrations that take place throughout the year; and, finally, the many surprises that lie hidden within the metropolis.

Accompanying the book is a major exhibition of the photographs at the Royal Geographical Society. Running from the 8th of September to the 17th of October, the exhibition has been mentioned in the Evening Standard and Time Out. The exhibition is free, so go along for a taster before getting your copy of People in London.

Big Book of Classical Music already a bestseller

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 - 16:37

The Big Book of Classical Music looks at over 1000 years of classical music in 366 'days', with interesting facts, original illustrations, landmark events and much more, arranged by calendar year. It will be the perfect coffee table companion to any fan of classical music, and Classic FM readers have already shown their interest. On the basis of pre-orders, The Big Book of Classical Music is currently the number 1 bestselling classical music book on Amazon.

From the birth of Chopin on 22nd February, to the premiere of the Eroica Symphony on April 7th and the death of Mozart on December 5th, every day reveals a fascinating new musical milestone – the perfect excuse to sit back, relax, and listen to your favourite classical music. Each beautifully-illustrated entry pulls together facts, figures and noteworthy events – including biographies of the essential composers, suggesting listening for each day of the year, musical quotations and a host of other material.

The perfect Christmas gift for classical music aficionados and a highly accessible introduction for anyone new to the genre, this beautiful book is an indispensible guide to take you through a year in classical music. Pre-order your copy today!

Tim Marshall's Tour of Yorkshire

Posted on 13 Aug 2014 - 16:32

Tim Marshall, author of "Dirty Northern Bastards" And Other Tales From The Terraces, will be in Yorkshire over the next two days, visiting various bookshops to sign copies of the book. Looking at the story of British football through the songs and chants that give it meaning, Tim's book has already received positive reviews in The Daily Telegraph who said that it was “nicely researched, well considered and neatly paced" and The Times who said that "Marshall has done an excellent job of assembling and analysing some of the best [football chants]".

Tomorrow he will be in Waterstones Sheffield from 12.30pm until 2pm. On Friday he will be in Waterstones Bradford from 11am until 12pm before going to Waterstones Leeds from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. So whether you're a Bradford City or a Bradford Park Avenue fan, a Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday supporter, or if you are, like Tim, a lifelong follower of Leeds United, come along over the next two days for a chance to meet Tim and get your signed copy of this witty and insightful book.

Of course, you'll also be able to see him on Saturday, when he'll be at Elland Road cheering for the Whites against Middlesborough and chanting along with the rest of the fans.