This book is mesmorizing. A war book but so much more.
An important and interesting account of the eight weeks following the Russian army's entry to Berlin in 1945 and the rape of an estimated 100,000 women. First published in 1953, it was suppressed because of the portrayal of German men during this period and Germans in general. It is unsentimental and clear-eyed.
An important historical document. How did those who remained in Berlin during the Battle for Berlin survive? This book gives a look from a female perspective.
An intelligent woman describes in searing detail what life was like for her and her neighbours in the final weeks of the war. The arrival of the victorious Russians shifts the narrative from the horror of the bombs to a new kind of self-preservation. This is a really gripping book that you won't be able to put down. Highly recommended.
Read this, then see the film treatment.
Brave story that says all the things that never get said.
My mother who grew up in Germany during World War II thought this book was the first she had read that truly captured what it was like for a woman living through those years. I found this book incredibly interesting as well as painful based on my Mom's and grandmother's experiences.
I made a mistake and watched the movie before reading the book. The book is far superior. It strikes me how calm this woman is in her narrative. The movie threw in a love story for no apparent reason. For the narrator, it's only about survival. Women are better fit for survival. They don't complain and just keep pulling. It's sad how the men first live off the food these raped women managed to procure and not long after accuse the women of low morals.
Crystal clear writing from inside a time of defeat and occupation.
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