Four Girls From Berlin: A True Story of a Friendship That Defied the Holocaust

Four Girls From Berlin: A True Story of a Friendship That Defied the Holocaust

by Marianne Meyerhoff

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A pair of silver Regency candlesticks.

Pieces of well-worn family jewelry.

More than a thousand documents, letters, and photographs

Lotte Meyerhoff's best friends risked their lives in Nazi Germany to safeguard these and other treasured heirlooms and mementos from her family and return them to her after the war. The Holocaust had left Lotte the lone survivor of her family, and these precious objects gave her back a crucial piece of her past. Four Girls from Berlin vividly recreates that past and tells the story of Lotte and her courageous non-Jewish friends Ilonka, Erica, and Ursula as they lived under the shadow of Hitler in Berlin.

Written by Lotte's daughter, Marianne, this powerful memoir celebrates the unseverable bonds of friendship and a rich family legacy the Holocaust could not destroy.

"What a delightful book, and important, too. It gives us the courage and inspiration to utterly reject the fatalistic idea that fratricide, polemic, and enmity between Christians and Jews is inevitable and unchangeable. Finally, it reminds us never to forget or fail to appreciate those forces of light that bear witness to, and instill hope for, mankind and our world."
—Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, President, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

"Four Girls From Berlin is an evocative story of friendship, challenged in the most sinister environment. For Christians, it echoes the words of Jesus, 'greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends.' The friendship of these four women, three Christians and a Jew, speaks of a greater humanity that in the face of the Nazi horror could not be broken. I strongly recommend men and women of all faiths to learn from it."
—The Venerable Lyle Dennen, Archdeacon, London, England

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471224051
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/03/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 808,966
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Marianne Meyerhoff is a writer, director, and producer of both television and feature films. She worked with Steven Spielberg as an interviewer for the Shoah Foundation's oral history project, Survivors of the Shoah.

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Table of Contents



1 Glimpses of a Shattered Past.

2 The Past Disinterred.

3 Benny and Daddy.

4 Hands across the Holocaust.

5 A Tale of Til.

6 Erica in Berlin.

7 Lotte’s Love.

8 Rena.

9 London.

10 Rena’s Class and the Voyage of the St. Louis.

11 A New Direction.

12 "Wiedersehen," Not Good-bye.

13 The Family Namgalies.

14 An Interview with Jochen.

15 An Interview with Erica.

16 Heidelberg.


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