Review: Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany

Ingrid Garner wows the audience with her 60-minute show detailing her grandmother’s life in Nazi Germany.

This is not your typical war story it’s details an American family who travels to Germany getting caught up in the biggest war in history.

Eleanor’s father lands a job in Berlin and during their voyage to Germany Hitler declares war on Poland. When they arrive in Germany they realise that they are stuck there.

The show details Eleanor’s life over the six years of the war including personal accounts of her witnessing a German soldier hang himself, being punished and humiliated at school when America joins the war, the food rationing and the constant nightly bombings.

With such a unique perspective of the war Ingrid tells us how her great-grandfather hung an American flag in the window of their house the first year on Hitler’s birthday before their mother ripped it down scared they would be persecuted by the Gestapo.

Ingrid details the fascist oppression and nightly bombings her family endured and their quest for survival when so many around them didn’t.

In this one-woman show Ingrid enthrals the audience with her powerful storytelling, her ability to switch characters, the clever use of props, sound effects and projected photographs transports the audience to war-torn Berlin.

Quite different from the usual offerings at Fringe this show is a snap shot into the effects of war told with only the depth and feeling that could be conjured by a relative.

Ingrid and Eleanor in 2015

Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl In Hitler’s Germany

5-7 February at 8.30pm
Circus Theatre at Fringe Central

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Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl In Hitler’s Germany
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