The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

Louise Murphy / Jun 05, 2020

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel The True Story of Hansel and Gretal In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest Because their real names

  • Title: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
  • Author: Louise Murphy
  • ISBN: 9781101495629
  • Page: 144
  • Format: ebook
  • The True Story of Hansel and Gretal In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed Hansel and Gretel They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called wThe True Story of Hansel and Gretal In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed Hansel and Gretel They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called witch by the nearby villagers Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy s haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children The True Story of Hansel and Gretal tells a resonant, riveting story.

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      • Louise Murphy

        Born in 1943 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Louise Murphy began writing stories when she was five years old An avid reader and prolific writer, she attended the University of Kentucky and taught English to middle school students in Newark, Delaware, before moving to California in 1968 There, she raised her two children and received a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she taught for five years She later taught novel writing at Acalanes Adult Education in Lafayette, California.Murphy is the winner of a Writer s Digest award for formal poetry In 2003, she was awarded the Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award for her chapbook, Pilgrimage Her writing and poetry has been published in numerous journals and magazines.She lives in northern California, where she is working on another novel Besides reading and writing, she enjoys playing the flute, opera, and classical music.


    1. Please visit my blog readrantrockandroll for this review and others. It's nearly the end of the Nazi occupation of Poland and a father must abandon his children near a forest so that they can search for safety from the Germans. On the journey they meet Magda, the so-called village witch. Magda is willing to risk her life and others to keep the children safe."The wheel turns. Blue above, green below, we wonder a long way, but love is what the cup of our soul contains when we leave the world and t [...]

    2. Caught between green earth and blue sky, only truth kept me sane, but now lies disturb my peace.  The story has been told over and over again by liars and it must be retold.  Do not struggle when the hook of a word pulls you into the air of truth and you cannot breathe.For a little while I ask this of you.  Come with me.  Once upon a time during the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland two Jewish children, eleven and seven, were left by their father and stepmother  at the roadside a [...]

    3. Let me say right out of the gate that this might possibly be the best book I have read all year. It is certainly making it to my 'favorites' shelf. Every now and then I stumble upon a hidden gem, and this is one of those books. It wasn't on my to read list, nor had I ever even heard of it. I discovered it, of all places, in the book bin at Costco. Being a book lover, I can't help but stop and browse the books when shopping. Even when just intending to make a quick stop there, that just means I'l [...]

    4. NO SPOILERS!!!Look at the title of this book. It tells exactly what you will get from this book! Hansel and Gretel is a fairy tale, this is that fairy tale rewritten for adults. I had been warned by reading numerous reviews that this would be a dark tale. I had no idea it would be so very dark. Don't take my words lightly, I warned you! Some reviewers state that the evil is too gruesome, too overboard. I do not make this criticism. Why? Well, because as a child, when we are told fairy tales, we [...]

    5. it is dana's birthday!and as a wonderful birthday present, i am setting aside the proust for a minute, and taking the time to write a dana-requested book review! and before you start thinking that i give shitty presents, here is something else i gave her for her birthday:[image error]it's her crush paul o'neill!! with an erection!! oh, i am so thoughtfulbut this book - let's recover from the levity and put on our serious faces - although it draws from fairy tales and there is a sortof gauze of i [...]

    6. Though I read this book several years ago, it has stayed with me. I chose it as this week's Throwback Thursday pick. You can read my mini review as well as all my other revies on the blog.

    7. Update 12/3/2016 - Still a wonderful book to teach. Students love it.Many writers make use of fairy tale motifs in their writing. Murphy isn't even the first writer to make use of such motifs in a tale set during the Holocaust. Yolen's Briar Rose pre dates this. Murphy's tale has all the power of Yolen's novel.Murphy does not deal totally with central characters; in fact, she does not reveal the true names of four of her central characters. Instead she uses labels that become names. Even Hansel [...]

    8. This was a chilling book that took a few of the features of the familiar fairy tale and wove them into an incredible story of two Polish children hiding from the Nazis during the end of WWII. By no means a book for children, in this retelling, the author does not mince words and writes extremely graphic scenes depicting the cruelty of the Nazi officials. Nonetheless, the book manages to convey hope. All of the characters are complex and carefully drawn, and the book manages to follow the stories [...]

    9. I am truly at a loss for words as to how much I adored this book. Yes, it’s another book taking place during World War II but it can’t be defined by that. It is a story of love and compassion, putting your life at risk for others, and the struggle to survive. Unlike other holocaust books I’ve read, this one takes place in a small village in Poland and the surrounding woods and fields. A Jewish family escapes the ghetto and separates in order to try and survive. The children’s names are c [...]

    10. Wow. I just finished this book – well, not just… I’ve spent about half an hour just staring into space, trying to process – and I’ll say it again: Wow. Not an excited wow. Not a happy wow. It’s more “I’ll never be the same person after reading this book” wow.I’ll start by saying I absolutely love fairy tale retellings. It’s what made me pick up this book – how could I resist the title? Then I read the blurb. Hmm. Set in Poland during the Nazi occupation. Yikes. I tend to [...]

    11. What an extremely powerful but violent re=telling of a fairy tale. Very intense book about World War ll and two Jewish children running through the woods for their lives and the old woman, Magda, that they villagers called a witch but who risked her life to help the children survive.

    12. Have you checked out your child's required reading list? DO IT! 11th Grade: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy.Not only is this required reading in our school district, it is in the YA section of our local library. Please note that the publisher recommends it for 18 and over. There is a reason, folks!Ever wondered what happened to the real mother? Top of page two, "He buried his wife beside the road after the strafing, when she lay with her beautiful torso facing the sky, dress [...]

    13. The reader finds out right away that this novel is set in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, and that the main characters are Jewish. So the reader has to be prepared for some cruelty. Still, the level, weirdness and frequency of the cruelty in this novel seems egregious to me. And some of the characters don't seem believable -- almost to the point of being cartoonish in one case.Perhaps when it comes to the Holocaust, it's better to stick to nonfiction. A couple of fine examples are "Nig [...]

    14. I am giving this book 5 stars, not because it entertained me or left me feeling uplifted or encouraged, but because it is an enthralling story that I will not soon forget. Whereas many books build up to a single climax, this book is continually climactic as the main characters are faced with an almost daily test of survival in the most horrifying of realistic circumstances in WWII. It is brilliantly written and researched, and although the details of war were so repulsive that I more than once a [...]

    15. This a story about survival. Two Jewish children are forced into the woods in Poland by their father and step-mother in an attempt to save their lives during WWII. In order to make their names sound less Jewish, the children are told their new names will be Hansel and Gretel like the great fairy tale. This is not a fairy tale. Hansel and Gretel witness and are subject to the terrors, cruelty, starvation and brutality of the Nazi occupation of Poland. Yes, this is fiction, but let us not forget t [...]

    16. To date, this is the best retelling of a fairy tale that I have ever read, and I've read a couple of very good ones. The author takes the story of Hansel and Gretel and sets it against the events of World War II and the Holocaust, and it's just brilliantly done.It starts very briefly with the witch, who is not really a witch. She's a woman of Gypsy blood, but the villagers call her a witch. Then we're introduced to Hansel and Gretel, whose names aren't really Hansel and Gretel. They are two Jewi [...]

    17. Under "Bookshelf" options, there should be an option entitled "Done", as in "I've had it". Were there such a choice, I would have selected it instead of the rather misleading "Read", which suggests that I in fact finished this dreadful novel. I did not. I gave it one star only because, like a "Done" button, the "Star" options are sorely lacking the ability to take stars away. There should be a way to remove stars from future novels by authors of horrendous books that deserve not only no star, bu [...]

    18. So, I opened the book to a random page and was immediately immersed in the most brutal horrifying child mutilation I could stomach. This was for book club or would have promptly shelved it - with hope of washing the excerpt from my mind forever. However, starting from the beginning and enduring through, I realized this is becoming a bad taste in my mouth where I was left with the hope that in time it would finally become more palatable. . .This was a HUGE 180 from my most recent WWII non-fiction [...]

    19. I'm generally a sucker for fairy-tale retellings, but while the description of the setting evokes both a place out of time and a Polish village during the Nazi occupation, the prose is too erratic. I read on after being encouraged by a sublime passage of the young girl's reaction to trauma, even continued after the prose almost immediately turned cringe-worthy for another scene. But what stopped me completely in my tracks (around page 170) was a plot contrivance that made no sense as to the char [...]

    20. In The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, Louise Murphy adapts the classic fairy tale and sets it in World War II Poland. The story begins in the winter of 1943 with a family running from the Nazis. On the verge of being caught, the step-mother convinces the father that the best chance to ensure the safety of the two children would be to leave them in the forest and return for them later. The step-mother instructs the children to never tell anyone who they are and to forget their Jewish names and [...]

    21. this book was fantastic. What a magical horrifying journey. It's so sad, so scary. The history behind this book is so terrifying children fighting for survival, hiding, starving, running, freezing, pretending, facing unimaginable horrors. forced into growing up ahead of their time, developing incredible courage and strength- this book is a perfect mix of fantasy and reality, it will really touch your spirit. I recommend it, but warn that it is dark and depressing at times.

    22. The fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel boils down to a pair of siblings, abandoned in the woods by their parents in the face of imminent starvation, who are seemingly rescued by a witch. But when the children find that the witch’s kind meals are to fatten them up so they can be cooked in her oven, they trick the witch into cooking herself in their places.Of course there are other elements that are probably just as essential in some people’s retelling: breadcrumb paths that get eaten by birds, g [...]

    23. Before reading this book, the events of the holocaust were just events that happened a long time ago and didn't affect me. However, this book gave me whole new perspective by putting a twist on a classic fairytale. The story is about two Jewish kids whose parents leave them on the side of the road near the woods to protect them. Promising that they will come back to get them, the parents take off after giving their children new "non-Jewish" names, Hansel and Gretel. The kids journey through the [...]

    24. Normally I would be turned off a bit by the obvious comparisons in the book to the Grimm’s fairy tale, with the stepmother turning the children out into the forest, Hansel leaving bread crumbs along the trails, and the cottage with bread attached to it perhaps meant to lure hungry children. These writing ploys usually make me wonder if the author has any original thoughts. But very quickly Murphy turned me around and I was converted. Instead of an evil witch in the cottage, Magda turned out to [...]

    25. This was an amazing book. There were moments when I wanted to cry, moments which sent chills up my spine. It is one of those books that stays with you after you put it down. It is the story of two innocent children forced to grow up way too soon by the atrocities of war and the abject evil of the Nazis. I loved how the traditional fairy tale was used as a backdrop, with the imagery of that tale threaded throughout the story. The story was also interesting in that it was set in Nazi-occupied Pola [...]

    26. If you’re looking for a light read, then this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re looking for a well-written story, with intriguing characters, which leaves you questioning man’s inhumanity to man, then you’ll want to pick up this book.It’s a story about doing what it takes to survive, about the love between siblings, and it’s a story about finding hope amidst despair. It’s an interesting reimagining of the classic fairy tale, and it spares no punches with your emotions. If you [...]

    27. You can pretty much expect any story about this period of history to be, at some point, an emotionally difficult read. And this was certainly hard to stomach at times. However, I appreciate the way the author told the story. It never felt like she was preying on our emotions or that she took the story over the top. The whole Hansel and Gretel theme made for an interesting twist and I really loved that. It was unique. Great writing, the story was told simply but packed a lot of punch. Both heartb [...]

    28. On September 30, 2008 I wrote about this book:Well I did finished it last night, could not put it down cause I wasn't sure it would be a happy ending or a bad end and I needed to know :) . Really good book but sometimes hard to read because of the atrocities that happened during the war.Love the way this author created a new story of the old fairy tale, one of the scariest ones. Once you've read it you think, why did nobody else come up with this idea!.Highly recommend this book. 9

    29. Jika anda berharap kisah ini bercerita mengenai kekejaman ibu tiri dan jahatnya seorang penyihir, Anda pasti kecewa. Seperti yang tertulis pada halaman awal :“Kisah ini telah diceritakan berulang-ulang oleh para pendusta dan harus diceritakan kembali. Jangan berontak ketika hujaman kata menarikmu ke udara kebenaran dan membuatmu tak dapat bernapas”Dan benar. Saya sulit bernapas ketika membaca kisah ini.Cerita ini dilatarbelakangi oleh bulan-bulan terakhir masa pendudukan Nazi di Polandia, se [...]

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