If you’ve been reading my blog for a couple of months, you’ve probably realized I talk about this duology a lot. So, when I found out the publisher was hosting a winter blog tour for the second book, I was hopeful I would be selected to be apart of it. Luckily I was, so now you guys get to hear me talk about how much I love it… again!
Author: Anne Blankman
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Release Date: 21st April 2015
No. Pages: 384
Buy at: BookDepository
One of my favourite things about the PONAF duology, is the fact that Anne weaves fact and fiction together so effortlessly. But of course there is far too much history surrounding Hitler for Anne to incorporate it all in just two books. So, Anne’s here on the blog today to share with us five of her top facts, that didn’t make it into the books!
Take it away Anne.
Anne’s Top Five Historical Facts (That didn’t make it into the book):
One of my favorite parts of writing historical fiction is research. Sometimes, though, it’s the most frustrating, especially when I find a historical detail I can’t use. Maybe it’s something my main character wouldn’t know or it occurred after my story’s timeframe. I ran into this problem a lot while writing the duology Prisoner of Night and Fog and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke. So today I decided to share my top five historical facts that didn’t make it into either of the books. Enjoy—and remember that every single one of these is true!
1. Adolf Hitler’s father was named Alois Schicklgruber. When he was about forty, he took on his adoptive father’s last name, Hiedler, which somehow ended up as Hitler.
I think it would have been really interesting if we got to see Gretchen use Hitler’s father against him. Especially since I think it’s something of a sore spot for him, he’d probably go crazy!
2. In Prisoner of Night and Fog, Gretchen, the main character, learns that Hitler spent several years in Vienna when he was a young man, but she can’t find out anything else about his time in the Austrian capital. The reason Hitler shrouded those years in such secrecy? For part of them, he was homeless.
3. Hitler’s half-nephew, Patrick, fought for the United States during World War Two. His half-brother, Heinz, fought for Germany and was captured and tortured to death by the Russians.
4. Hitler sported such a tiny mustache because he thought it made his nostrils look smaller. Apparently, he was very self-conscious about them!
5. Hitler was TIME magazine’s 1938 Man of the Year.
Thanks Anne! I learnt a lot from this post and it’s also got me imagining different scenarios between Hitler and Gretchen surrounding some of these facts!
About Anne Blankman:
Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn’t writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.
After earning a master’s degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she’s not writing young adult fiction, she’s playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.
Don’t forget to check out all of the other tour stops!