Robert Domes: Fog in August. cbj Jugendbücher (Paperback, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, Germany)

Fog in August

The life story of Ernst Lossa

Original Title: Nebel im August

original edition

Recommended age group: 13 +
Paperback, 352 pages, 12.5 x 18.3 cm, 4.9 x 7.2 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-30475-4
€ 7.99 [D] | € 8.30 [A] | CHF 11.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: cbj Jugendbücher

Date of publication: February 27, 2008
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Robert  Domes - Fog in August


Who determines the value of a life?

Summer 1933. While millions of Germans are paying homage to their new Fuehrer, things are going downhill for the Lossa family. They are Yenish and, as wandering traders, travel from one village to the next in southern Germany. But business is bad; vagrants are increasingly being harassed by the Nazis; and on top of it all, the mother is advanced in pregnancy and very ill. The authorities finally tear the family apart. For four-year-old Ernst Lossa, this is the beginning of a downhill slide. His mother dies and his father is taken to a concentration camp. Ernst is put into an orphanage where he is stigmatised as the "son of a gypsy" and grows up within the framework of a brutal pecking order. Ernst learns to lie and steal and creates a dream world of his own.
In 1940 Ernst is thrown out and put into a Nazi approved school. But the ten-year-old doesn't fit into the system here either. Although Ernst is a moderately good pupil, he is accused of being a lunatic. Now he is not only stamped as a "gypsy" but also as an "antisocial psychopath".
In 1942 Ernst is committed to a mental and nursing institute. Although he is neither handicapped nor mentally ill, he finds something among all the lunatics, paralytics, epileptics and nurses that he has long since missed: a family. Ernst discovers security, friendship and falls head over heels in love with one of his fellow patients.
It is not long, however, before the inquisitive lad discovers that there are strange things going on behind the façade of the mental institute. Patients get taken away, starve or die of an overdose of medicine. In summer 1944, when it begins to dawn on the Germans that the war has been lost, the nurses of death are given clear instructions: Ernst Lossa must be done away with.

With impressive intensity, journalist Robert Domes narrates the story from the boy's point of view.

- A true story
- Thoroughly researched, movingly told


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