Strawberries with the Fuhrer - out of print

Author(s): Helga Tiscenko

Second World War

Coming to terms with growing up as part of a privileged family in Germany during World War Two has been painful for one New Zealand immigrant. When her children reached adulthood they wanted to know about their mother's past and she felt it necessary to open the door on memories she had previously shut away. These, then, are her recollection of events during Hitler's Third Reich and her subsequent love for a new homeland. Helga Tiscenko was born in Germany in 1929, the elder daughter of a warm, close-knit, middle-class family. But this was no ordinary family: her parents were committed members of the National Socialist Party and during the Second World War her father rose to the rank of general in the Waffen SS. Hers is an extraordinary story, written with simplicity, humour and grace. In loving detail, she paints a vivid picture of her childhood in pre-war Germany and then tells of her experiences during the war and the final days of the Third Reich - from a perspective that has not often been explored. After the war - as a sixteen-year-old branded as a 'Nazi brat' - she had to come to terms with its aftermath. Her account of emigrating to New Zealand, where she and her Russian husband were sent to live in the alien environment of a raw hydro-electric township in the South Island (having been advised that new immigrants should be prepared to do 'pioneering work'), is another extraordinary chapter in the life of this most singular woman. Paperback

Published in 2000 by Shoal Bay Press Ltd. The Story of Helga Tiscenco, born in Germany in 1929, the elder daughter of a warm, close-knit, middle class family. But this was no ordinary family: her parents were committed members of the National Socialist Party and during the Second World War her father rose to the rank of general in the Waffen SS.


Hers is an extraordinary story, written with simplicity, humor and grace. In loving detail, she paints a vivid picture of her childhood in pre-war Germany and then tells of her experiences during the war and the final days of the Third Reich - from a perspective that has not often been explored. After the war - as a sixteen-year-old branded as a 'Nazi brat' - she had to come to terms with its aftermath.


Her account of emigrating to New Zealand, where she and her Russian husband were sent to live in the alien environment of a raw hydro-electric township in the South Island (having been advised that new immigrants should be prepared to do 'pioneering work'), is another extraordinary chapter in the life of this most singular woman. Now, she and her husband Nick, quite simply, describe their present life as 'being in paradise'.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781877251030SECA
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Longacre Press
  • : October 2000
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Helga Tiscenko
  • : Paperback
  • : b&w photographs