A thrilling piece of undiscovered history, this is the true account of a young Jewish woman who survived World War II in Berlin.
In 1942, Marie Jalowicz, a twenty-year-old Jewish Berliner, made the extraordinary decision to do everything in her power to avoid the concentration camps. She removed her yellow star, took on an assumed identity, and disappeared into the city.
In the years that followed, Marie took shelter wherever it was offered, living with the strangest of bedfellows, from circus performers and committed communists to convinced Nazis. As Marie quickly learned, however, compassion and cruelty are very often two sides of the same coin.
Fifty years later, Marie agreed to tell her story for the first time. Told in her own voice with unflinching honesty, Underground in Berlin is a book like no other, of the surreal, sometimes absurd day-to-day life in wartime Berlin. This might be just one woman's story, but it gives an unparalleled glimpse into what it truly means to be human.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Marie Jalowicz Simon was born in 1922 into a middle-class Jewish family. She escaped the ghettos and concentration camps during the Second World War by hiding in Berlin. After the war she was full professor of the literary cultural history of classical antiquity at the Berlin Humboldt University. Shortly before her death, her son, Hermann Simon, director of the New Synagogue Berlin Foundation-Centrum Judaicum, recorded Marie telling her story. He will act as spokesperson for the book.
Table of Contents
Foreword Hermann Simon vii
Prologue 1942 3
1 I was to learn to assert myself: Childhood and Youth in Berlin 9
2 Alone in the icy wastes: Forced Labor for Siemens 29
3 A rainbow of unimaginable beauty: Attempts at Flight; Going to Ground 83
4 The enemy is doing all this to us: The First Winter in Hiding 137
5 I was the girl without a name: After 1943: Something Like a Normal 227
6 I didn't have to surrender: The War Is Over 299
Afterword Hermann Simon 341
Index of Names 357
Picture Credits 363
About the Author 366
Questions and Topics for Discussion 367