Underground in Berlin

Underground in Berlin

A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany

Book - 2015
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Follows the true story of a young Jewish woman who vanished into the city and lived under an assumed identity, relying on safe houses, foreign workers, and communists in order to survive in World War II Berlin.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780316382090
0316382094
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 SIMON
Characteristics: xi, 366 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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Jane_Sm
Aug 05, 2017

A fascinating document of corroborated events of the underground in WWII Germany. I found the story somewhat difficult to get into, as the narrative is often awkward, dictated from memory many decades later, with a translation that often doesn't help. Also a dizzying array of names, because so many different people participated in helping those who went to ground (i.e., underground). Key points about who assisted and why are interspersed amid masses of detail.
And yes, as other readers have commented, it's very interesting to realize that she was not alone, that other Jews "hid" more or less openly, and not just in attics, sewers, and forests.
One friend she met after the war had hidden in a summerhouse belonging to non-Jewish friends. "A villa belonging to the most powerful Nazi in this residential area was in the immediate vicinity of the summerhouse. Sometimes they had seen people going into and out of the house late in the evening or early in the morning, and feared that they were under observation. Only at the end of the war did they discover that half a dozen Jews who had gone underground were living in the supposed Nazi's villa. These Jews, in their turn, were terrified of the people hiding in the summerhouse."
Sad times ...

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dmckenziehague
Jan 25, 2016

When I ordered and read this true story I had no idea that any Jewish German citizens had survived inside WW2 Berlin, Germany. This is an amazing true life urban survival account which I highly recommend.

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