Shortlist year: 
2018
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Melbourne University Publishing

About the book

Book cover - Mischka's War: a European Odyssey of the 1940s by Sheila Fitzpatrick.

In 1943, Mischka Danos witnessed a terrible sight in the Latvian woods—a pit filled with Jews killed by the Germans. Mischka escaped conscription to the Waffen-SS by going on exchange to Germany and later discovered he was part-Jewish. His was no ordinary life. He escaped death in the firebombing of Dresden. He lived in occupied Germany before reuniting with his mother in Denmark. He was a member of the Heidelberg school of physics. Resettled in the US, he fell in love with and married Sheila Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick pieces together her late husband's story through diaries, correspondence and recollections.