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Join The Hannah’s War Book Club!

Jan Eliasberg, along with a special guest moderator, will be hosting a weekly “Germ-Free Book Club” to discuss her book directly with readers. It will be held every Thursday at 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time starting April 9th on Zoom. Click here to sign up!

New Article in The Day: Novelist Jan Eliasberg reimagines amazing story of female physicist and the atomic bomb

Novelists are routinely inspired by big moments and charismatic figures from history. But a brief allusion to an anonymous person in a 75-year-old newspaper article? Not so much. And yet Jan Eliasberg, an award-winning screenwriter and director of film and television, was perusing microfilm in the New York Public Library and came across an issue…

Prestige publisher Ambo/Anthos has won the rights to publish HANNAH’S WAR in Dutch.

Ambo/Anthos publishes such luminaries as Michael Chabon; Elena Ferrante, and Stieg Larsson. The acquiring editor wrote: “The characters are nuanced and full of depth. HANNAH’S WAR offers another facet to the literature about this dark history and shows that the world is not easily divided into black and white, but that there’s also an enormous scale…

Mums don’t have time to read: Podcast interview

Listen to Jan’s interview here. Jan Eliasberg is the award-winning screenwriter, director and debut author of Hannah’s War. This literary spy thriller follows a female Jewish physicist and her work on the atomic bomb during WWII. Jan referred to writing this book as the best creative experience of her life and I can see why!

Book tip: “Hannah’s War,” Jan Eliasberg

A few years ago, author Jan Eliasberg read a clip that appeared in the New York Times on the day American forces dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. One sentence alluded to an unnamed female, non-Aryan physicist without whose work on molecular fission the bomb could not have been made.


In the August 7, 1945 issue of the New York Times under the headline: FIRST ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON JAPAN; TRUMAN WARNS FOE OF A ‘RAIN OF RUIN,’” an article traces the simultaneously terrifying and wondrous development of the atomic bomb, its scientific history, and the race between the Allies and the Germans to attain the ultimate weapon. Somewhere under the fold, buried in a dense paragraph, this sentence appears: “The key component that allowed the Allies to develop the bomb was brought to the Allies by a female, ‘non-Aryan’ physicist.” Who was this woman?

About Hannah's War

Award-winning filmmaker Jan Eliasberg’s HANNAH’S WAR, for readers of The Nightingale and The Alice Network, a thrilling historical debut about a female scientist working to develop the first atomic bomb during World War II, and the young military investigator determined to uncover her secret past.

Publication: March 3, 2020


“I flew through Hannah’s War, a gripping true story long overdue to be told, of a brilliant woman physicist working to develop the first atomic bomb and the secret she fights to protect.”

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