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A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary Paperback – Bargain Price, July 11, 2006
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The anonymous writer writes grippingly of the brutal Russian occupation of Berlin in the late spring of 1945. Her first person account of the repeated rapes by the Russians and the choices that a woman needed to make in the chaos of war in order to live is chilling. The building ruins, the hunger, the lack of sanitation of a ruined capital are all here. "A Woman in Berlin" is a powerful book and will make the reader wonder how far they would go to survive if they were in a similiar situation.
Philip Boehm in his forward verifies that tests have been made that prove that the journal was written at the time. Reading it, while it does bear the well-designed "arc" of a cohesive narrative that begins on Hitler's last birthday and ends as the author meets again her fiance Gerd, I hazard that this only shows that a professional did indeed write the diary and, as is evident from the details that demonstrate her education and observational skills, that she--as the preface explains--polished her initial reactions as she worked on them every day or two and filled her notebook.Read more ›
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City, a record of those terrifying encounters, is the diary of a Berlin editor and journalist who never permitted her name to be associated with it during her lifetime. She didn't even hide behind a pseudonym. Her story of the first weeks of the Russian occupation and subsequent rape of 100,000 girls and women in Berlin has never been published under any name other than "Anonymous."
Which is this remarkable book's first irony, since anonymous is the last thing she is. "Autonomous" would be a much better name for her, for she is an independent and brave observer, a journalist who literally writes "notes from underground," sparing no one. Not the Russians, not the Germans, not herself.
"Anonymous," widely believed to have been the Berlin journalist Marta Hiller, was 34 years old in 1945 and lived to see the dawning of the 21st century (she died at ninety in 2001), and so rather than call her Anonymous, I'll refer to her as MH from now on.Read more ›
This book really was an eye opener. Dread enters your stomach as you're reading the book especially before the approaching days of the Russians. Her power of observation of everything around her is gripping. A simply amazing read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent book to read and takes you right back to the dark days in berlin after the war, with the russian occupation.Published 4 months ago by Perspectech
Good for discussion! And a brutal look at the reality of a conquered city and survival.Published 5 months ago by Patty Murray
great story. Great history and accounting of the last days of Germany occupied BerlinPublished 5 months ago by James J. Scannelli
A hard but compelling read about the human desire to survive no matter what happens.Published 6 months ago by Glenna R.
Great read. Provides an excellent context of the post WWII occupation of Germany and really "puts you in there" visually.Published 7 months ago by Zoop
I heard that Russian soldiers raped German women as they rolled into Germany at the end of the war in retaliation for German soldiers raping Russian women when they invaded Russia. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Kibiger