Aimee & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943 / Edition 1

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A letter from Lilly to Felice, March 31st, 1943

Felice, I love you! What a feeling it is to be able to say that! Oh, Felice, the nicest fate I could hope for is that of lasting happiness. I want to live with you for a long, a very long time, do you hear? And life is so beautiful, so wonderful. Felice, do you belong to me - without limit? To me only? Please say you do, at least for a very long time to come, please! Do you love me? I'm acting like a seventeen-year-old, arent't I?

Be good to me, Felice, please? And yet please don't hold back. I wanted to lure you out of your hiding place. I am like a child playing with fire; will I get burned? A little? Totally? Felice, stop me! Isn't it just a little bit your fault that I'm so crazy, so totally crazy?

A poem from Felice to Lilly, Christmas 1943

That there was a time before you - I can't believe!
To me, we've forever been this way,
Together, side by side in life and in dreams,
Surrounded both by darkness and the light of day.

You belong to me! Since you arrived,
And slowly at first, then full of trust,
Placed your heart in my hands, I have strived For the strength to build a life for us.

So I have hope for days yet to come,
As this year nods and slips into air,
Because before me, like some emblem,
I carry the copper gleam of your hair.

Extract: "The Vow"

January 30th, 1943, the tenth anniversary of Hitler's seizure of power, Hermann Göring's speech to Berliners was delayed for two hours because British scout planes were flying over the city in broad daylight for the first time. Four days after Göring declared his certainty of victory, the remaining German troops trapped in Stalingrad capitulated. Accompanied by funereal music, the defeat was announced on the radio. On February 18th Reichspropaganda minister Goebbels spurred the German people to make a greater effort. In a "Declaration of fanatical Will" at the Berlin Sportpalast he announced the "Salvation of Germany and the whole of civilisation" through "total war". In memory of the victims of the Russian campaign, a three minute traffic stoppage was declared. At the Zoo station, people stood stock

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555834500
  • Publisher: Alyson Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Fischer has been one of Vienna's foremost feminist writers and journalists. The author of several books on feminist subjects, she currently lives in Berlin, Germany.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Not what I expected.

    'Don't judge a book by its cover' is right! I was surprised at how much personal experience during 1940s Germany was documented here. The theme of this book isn't about a lesbian relationship...it's about a woman trying to survive daily bombings and all the craziness of that time...and finding strength through a loving relationship. FANTASTIC book. FANTASTIC re-counting of real life, real love, and real loss.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2002

    wow

    In my own personal oppinoin this book was a great desplay of love against all odds. Also it showed a diffrent side to holocaust. All in all it was wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    It opened my eyes

    Not only was the book great but the movie was great too. The first time I watched the movie I watched it in german, and even though I could'nt understand the language they were speaking in, I could understand the language of their strong emotions. I recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2002

    in one word "NICE!

    i did not read this book but i did see the movie to it, heck i saw it 5 times! loved it everytime! usually books are better so i must say u gonna be in for a treat to read this book.

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