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Excellent insights into life in Germany during World War II
on December 20, 2013
I like to read of books about World War II, because it was the biggest story during my lifetime. I have read many books, and this is one of the most insightful. Marie Vasiltchikov came from a privileged family and lived through WWII as an employee of the German government and a friend of influential people. She and many of her friends took part in a covert anti-Nazi effort, including the July 20, 1944 effort to assassinate Hitler. In this book, she gives an intimate day-by-day account of life in Berlin (and other places as well) during the war. I was surprised to learn how early the German people started experiencing shortages of food and other essentials as a result of the war. I was also surprised to see how significantly the British and American bombing impacted the lives of the German people so very early in the war. This is clearly one of the best books I have read about WWII--and I have read many.