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Survival in the Shadows: Seven Jews Hidden in Hitler's Berlin Paperback – February 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Community Fedn of Rochester; First Edition edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971068631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971068636
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An astonishing tale of lives lived in the lion's den. -- The Jewish Chronicle, London, March 29, 2002

The courage of the protectors renews one's faith in the survival of altruism and integrity. -- The Sunday Times, London, April 28, 2002

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When Red Army Soldiers discovered the Arndt, Lewinsky, and Gumpel families in April 1945, there were seven survivors —the largest known group of German Jews to survive in hiding in the heart of the Third Reich. In January 1943 the four Arndts went into hiding to avoid deportation and were soon joined by Ellen and Charlotte Lewinsky and Bruno Gumpel. For two and a half years the group survived in the shadowy underworld of Berlin—without food ration cards or secure accommodation —protected by more than fifty non-Jewish Germans. This is not only a story of tremendous courage and stamina during the darkest days of Hitler's rule, it also shows that anti-Semitism was not as ubiquitous among ordinary Germans as is commonly thought. Ellen and Erich Arndt and Ruth Arndt Gumpel, who live in the U.S., here reveal their story in detail.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. Schwartz on June 2, 2010
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I finally finished cousin Barbara's amazing account of these Jewish Berliners who went underground and through the aid of righteous Gentiles, they were able to see the light of day in May, 1945. Love survived, nuclear families survived and this my friends, is the last nail in Hitler's coffin.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane Seebach on January 9, 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Also, I might add that I cared for the main character in the book - Ellen Arndt - in her last days in Hospice last year. A lovely lady! Also met her husband Eric and the author of the book, Barbara Lovenhiem; therefore, the book had a special meaning for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianna McIntosh on May 11, 2012
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I should preface this by saying that Ruth Gumpel is a dear friend of my mother and that they are in a knitting group together. She is an amazing person who is able to tell of the Holocaust and emphasize the goodness of people and the love and joy her family managed to experience in spite of the horror. All of this I knew before she humbly told us that her story was to be included in this book.

It is inspiring to me that so many non-Jewish Germans risked their lives to shelter her family. The story is told in a riveting fashion that kept me reading until long past my bedtime, I just couldn't put it down.
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