Gill James used a sabbatical from the University of Salford in 2011 to conduct much of the research needed for The Schellberg Cycle Project. It was a very fruitful sabbatical: it has lead to at least five novels, several academic papers and a whole project which includes workshops in schools. The project is certainly more than just a collection of novels.
A really valuable resource was a bundle of letters written by German girls aged 13 - 22. This gave a real insight into what life was like for ordinary young German women.
There is a whole web site devoted to the project. Take a look here.
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Renate Edler loves to visit her grandmother in the house on Schellberg Street. She often meets up with her friend Hani Gödde who lives nearby. This year, though, it is not to be.
Just a few weeks after a night when synagogues are burnt and businesses owned by Jews are looted, Renate finds out a terrible secret about her family.
At a time when the world is at war and the horrors of the Holocaust are slowly becoming apparent, Renate has to leave behind her home and her friends and become somebody she never thought she could be.
The house on Schellberg Street needs to stay strong. Will it and those who work in it be strong enough?
Will Renate ever feel at home again? And what of those left behind?