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Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany By Marie Jalowicz Simon Anthea Bell Irene Stratenwerth Hermann Simon Isabella Amico di Meane,

  • Title: Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany
  • Author: Marie Jalowicz Simon Anthea Bell Irene Stratenwerth Hermann Simon Isabella Amico di Meane
  • ISBN: 9780316382090
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A thrilling piece of undiscovered history, this is the true account of a young Jewish woman who survived World War II in Berlin In 1941, Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen year old Berliner, made an extraordinary decision All around her, Jews were being rounded up for deportation, forced labor, and extermination Marie took off her yellow star, turned her back on the JewisA thrilling piece of undiscovered history, this is the true account of a young Jewish woman who survived World War II in Berlin In 1941, Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen year old Berliner, made an extraordinary decision All around her, Jews were being rounded up for deportation, forced labor, and extermination Marie took off her yellow star, turned her back on the Jewish community, and vanished into the city.In the years that followed, Marie lived under an assumed identity, forced to accept shelter wherever she found it Always on the run, never certain whom she could trust, Marie moved between almost twenty different safe houses, living with foreign workers, staunch communists, and even committed Nazis Only her quick witted determination and the most hair raising strokes of luck allowed her to survive.
    Underground in Berlin A Young Woman s Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany A thrilling piece of undiscovered history this is the true account of a young Jewish woman who survived World War II in Berlin In Marie Jalowicz Simon a nineteen year old Berliner made an ext

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    1. This is a story of a remarkable woman who, with the help of friends, went underground in Berlin during WWII 1942 1945 She initially escaped arrest from the Gestapo, and was able to survive terrifying events, thwart starvation, and to trust numerous people to protect her and not denounce her The story is one that I hadn t heard before I ve read stories of survivors that were locked away in small room and nearly starved to death waiting for the war to end Her story is unique in that she had forged [...]

    2. Whilst I admire the strength and determination it took Simon to survive, I just could not warm to her or her story It is told in a relentless manner, on how she moved from one hiding place refuge to another Many people and many places were involved and the names pass by in a rapid blur There is little pathos, and much matter of factness Perhaps something got lost in the translation

    3. Fantastic Great book Really well written.I was surprised that the author was able to describe life in Berlin at that time in an unexpected way After reading Woman in Berlin , I thought that I knew what to expect.Her experience was nuanced and her bravery in sharing the details of her struggle was breathtaking, especially considering the fact that she knew that her family would read it The drudgery of her life gone to ground was surprising I was expecting hiding and less international travel The [...]

    4. I remember how I thought Fellini s cinematic visions of Italian society were the invention of an extremely flamboyant personality until I actually visited Rome and realized they were like serious documentaries After reading these memoirs, I believe the same thing can be said of The Tin Drum What made Marie Simon s memoirs particularly engrossing was her description of all the severely dysfunctional people she encountered in her roughly four years hiding from the authorities to avoid being sent [...]

    5. While I have given this memoir 5 stars I did have some difficulty with it The overall story was a matter of fact account of what it was like to live as a Jew in Nazi Berlin in hiding The problem is that it was so matter of fact that it was hard to connect with the story teller There was very little emotion and an almost snobbish tone to it all, although there were some parts where I felt the snobbishness was justified Marie s experience of WWII is a much different account than I am used to readi [...]

    6. This was an interesting book, I guess I m not sure what I was hoping for Unfortunately, I couldn t connect to the protagonist she had this aura of snobbishness and an I m better than you attitude She rarely found good things to say about the people who were helping her hide and survive in WWII Berlin It was a rare thing for her to connect to someone And when she was involved in a love affair, she seemed to just abruptly cut it off just like that It was weird Anyway, I m glad I read it, but unhap [...]

    7. I wanted to like this book than I did but I found it to be slightly stilted and awkward in its lack of flow As a previous reviewer stated, it might be due to the translation from German to English, but I was disappointed by it.I wanted to cheer for Marie and all that she endured but it was difficult to develop any feelings for her.

    8. As the title indicates, this article is a memoir of the author s experiences as a Jew in Berlin during the Holocaust, trying to avoid concentration camps I was surprised by how vividly she recollected the people she hid with and ran into during those years In the interest of full disclosure, I note that my father has coauthored a similar memoir about his years underground in Berlin however, this book is about relationships and less about gun toting adventures than my father s book.The most fasc [...]

    9. Advanced Reading Copy review Due to be published September 8, 2015What would it have been like to remove the yellow star from your blouse and hide in plain sight in Berlin during WWII That is Marie Jalowicz story, as told to her son over many years The resulting book Underground in Berlin is a fresh perspective on life in that German city during a time of suspicion, rationing and fear Maria was an educated Polish Jew in Germany when Hitler came to power and her parents died Left on her own, she [...]

    10. You know, before reading this intriguing memoir, I always thought Why didn t Jews just rip out their yellow star and act like normal Germans But as I got engrossed in this book, I realized it wasn t as easy as we might have thought Fake names, ID S which were fairly easy to get if you had money, but just as easy to spot as fake by any Nazi personnel and hiding from all people you knew in your past were not easy pickings What I learned most about this story was the courage of not just Jews gone [...]

    11. A bit too many pointless stories about people who didn t matter to the story and or didn t appear again I had a hard time keeping up with the names It seemed a bit unreal that someone could remember everything so well, the conversations everything else was so detailed The list of people in the back of the book was useful but could have been in a alphabetical order Still, this book was somehow very raw, in a different kind of way from most stories about Jews in II World War I can t really explain [...]

    12. supplies the missing link in my picture of life in Berlin streets during the war told from the perspective of a very observant and articulate someone who lived in the cracks , without a right to exist Her son, a historian, edited the dictated narrative, i wonder how much got lost that way i would have liked a few dates and stronger diary like linearity of the tale, but that is hardly a blight on a the great honesty of an amazing story.

    13. This book is the memoir of one woman a Jewish girl in Berlin during world war 2 I found her story fascinating as she hid in plain sight by pretending not to be Jewish She considered different options to stay safe and was helped by several weird characters I liked that this offered a different perspective from other memoirs of the period I ve read and I liked that the author said how things were and didn t try to view things with modern eyes She simply told her story Unfortunately this matter of [...]

    14. This is a true story about Marie Jalowicz Simon, a young Jew living in Berlin when the Nazis started deporting Jews from Berlin Marie sensed that deportation meant death so when the Gestapo came for her, she left her apartment while a brave friend stalled the Gestapo agent upstairs and Marie used a clever ruse to evade the Gestapo agent downstairs This began the seven years of Marie living underground in Berlin until the Russians liberated the city It was almost 50 years later after a successful [...]

    15. A moving and enlightening book, although parts of it can be slow reading, perhaps because it was translated from the German, but also because it is sometimes overly detailed Nevertheless, it is well worth reading to discover what a U boat i.e a Jew in hiding during World War II went through in this case, a twenty year old woman in Berlin, Marie Jalowicz It also makes clear that there were numerous non Jews who helped feed, shelter, and provide money and documents some forged to those in hiding e [...]

    16. This true story is amazing Equally amazing is how it came to be told and the manner in which it is told Marie Jalowicz was a 20 year old Jewish Berliner when in 1942 she made the extraordinary decision to go underground to remove her yellow star, take on an assumed identity and try to find a way to survive until the end of the war All around her friends and family were being rounded up and deported to concentration camps and she was determined to avoid that fate After the war she became a univer [...]

    17. It s written as if it is straight from the tapes that form its basis So with little finesse, but so compelling Indeed an extraordinary story The complexities of survival so much Marie Jalowicz owed to her own quick wits and tenacity, so much to chance It often sent shivers up my spine reading it The story also honoured so many non Jewish Germans who risked everything Wished I could have had about her transition to peace time, it must have been so hard We are fortunate that this testimony was ev [...]

    18. I received this book as a giveaway I was really looking forward to reading this book because it sounded very interesting and a different survival story However, I was very disappointed and barely finished it I do not know if it is the translation was the problem, but the narration did not flow for me I did not feel it grabbed me I found myself not liking her voice, the way she was narrating Maybe it was her style or as I said something lost in the translation.

    19. A stark tale of survival in all its tedium Slow going in parts, but Marie s ability to endure boredom and maintain a safe enough distance from those around her makes for a powerful look at identity and passing Someone said she s unlikable I found her to be practical and admirably realistic about others limitations as well as her own May not make for sparkling prose, but it certainly kept her alive.

    20. I listened to this in preparation for my trip to Berlin, and was amazed first of all to learn of the fact that so many Jewish citizens survived the war in hiding in Nazi Berlin, but even so due to the fact that they received help from their German, and indeed in some cases Nazi, neighbours Well worth reading.

    21. This is the fascinating story of how a Jewish woman spent WWII underground in Berlin almost hiding in plain sight Totally dependent on others, she moves around the city living in fear of being denounced, frequently starving since as a non person she has no access to ration cards and food It s a really interesting account of survival against the odds.

    22. While this book was intriguing because it is a true narrative, it lacks emotion I found Marie s account cold and distant It is hard to get emotionally connected to her and her story I know that that is probably why she survived the ordeal, but I wish she would have put of her feelings in the narrative As any Holocaust story though, it is heartbreaking and hard to imagine.

    23. Could not put this down from cover to cover There is a very interesting introduction by Lisa Appinganesi, and Marie Jalowicz elicits tremendous respect and very often awe with the way she deals with what faces her as a young Jewish girl in wartime Berlin.

    24. Intelligent and honestly told tale Fascinating picture of life in WWII Berlin, uncovered many shades I was previously unaware of The author s vitality shows through in her account.

    25. Well it s a good read could not put it down but,way to many names to keep track of and who knew whom sort of thing.

    26. This is either badly written or really badly translated into English I thought I was going to like it but the writing annoyed me so much, I gave up 10% of the way through.

    27. Im Jahre 1941 wird die knapp 18j hrige Berlinerin Marie Jalowicz zur Zwangsarbeit verpflichtet, weil sie J din ist Seit ein paar Wochen ist sie Waise und muss sich nun alleine durchschlagen Als die Ger chte, die nach Osten Deportierten w rden dort ermordet, sich zur Gewissheit verdichten, taucht sie unter Vier Jahre lang von einer zur anderen Unterkunft zwanzig Stationen Einmal nutzt sie sogar die Liebesbeziehung zu einem Bulgaren, um mit ihm nach Sofia zu fahren, in der Hoffnung, in die T rkei [...]

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