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Survival in the Shadows: Seven Jews Hidden in Hitler's Berlin Paperback – CX Encoding, February 1, 2003
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Many of those of us that have studied the Holocaust, whether for reasons of family and culture, historical interest, or something else, have maxed out on the horror, the numbers, the gut-wrenching details. This book isn’t more of that. Instead, it is the remarkable true story of Jewish Germans that found a way to conceal themselves, not only in Nazi-occupied Europe, but in Berlin itself. Within the belly of the beast, there were still some good people left. There were people that would house the Arndt family members; there were those who had no space or were too afraid to do that, but who would provide food; and there were those who took no active role, but were willing to see, and to say nothing. And perhaps more than anything, there were seven really smart people who were determined not to die, and who beat the odds by surviving till the Russians came in to rescue them.
Young people are often the quickest to respond appropriately when big changes occur quickly, and so it was with the Arndts. Dr. Arndt had grown up in Germany as a member of a respected family, and he was reluctant to give up on the German government as a source of justice and order. He had fought in World War I, and didn’t think his country would allow him or his loved ones to be hurt. Erich, his son, thought differently.Read more ›
Maybe I am a bit biased because the author is my cousin, but I am a fan of this subject, have read many books with similar story lines, and hers is stunningly written.
Author: Barbara Lovenheim
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Release Date: March 2, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
This is a true account of seven Jewish adults who were hidden by non-Jewish Germans in the heart of Nazi Berlin during the Second World War.
It is too easy for people nowadays to look back upon this bleak time in human history and think that all Germans were evil people who eagerly supported Hitler and his policy of genocide. This is quite simply not true.
Berlin was the heart of Nazi Germany during the second world war and initially had a large Jewish population. During Hitler's rise to power he instituted ever harsher rules and regulations that Jewish citizens were required to follow. Those that refused to follow those rules were arrested and killed or sent to concentration camps. After his power was firmly established all those of the Jewish faith were scheduled to be sent to and exterminated in the concentration camps.
But Hitler and his followers did not take into account the fact that many Germans did not agree with his policies. Some (in fact, many) helped their Jewish friends and neighbors hide from the Third Reich. If these ordinary citizens had been caught aiding and abetting a Jewish person they would have been arrested as traitors to the cause. While fear of punishment was enough to deter some people from offering aid, there were a large number who risked their lives to do what they felt was the right and moral thing to do. These brave people need to be remembered and should be celebrated.Read more ›
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Very well written, the stories were told so eloquently, the author made you feel you weren't just there, but that you WERE those people. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Laurel Shand
I enjoy history and this made history so real. I had no idea that Jews survived in hiding in Berlin. Amazing story.Published 8 days ago by Havana
Another very well written account of how Jews survived in Hitler's Berlin. That they did it at all and that they did it right in "Hitlertown" is am amazing story. Read morePublished 8 days ago by tleeminnieme
What an amazing feat to survive for so long in hiding against all odds. Incredible story of determination, courage and service to your fellow man.Published 8 days ago by Rebekah Foster
This was without a doubt one of the best TRUE stories I have read regarding the holocaust. Not only did it tell about the efforts of the Jewish people to hide and survive the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Don Halasz
This survival story is practically unbelievable. This small group of Jews, related by blood, marriage, and trusting friendship overcame the impossible. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Phyllis E Bush
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend to anyone interested in this subject as I have always been.Published 17 days ago by Deb
An amazing story! As friends and relatives were being rounded up and shipped off to death camps, these seven Jews decided to hide out in the capital of the Nazi Reich. Read morePublished 23 days ago by L. Heyward