A Woman in Berlin

A Woman in Berlin

Eight Weeks in the Conquered City : A Diary

Book - 2005 | First American edition.
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

For eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in her apartment building and among its residents. "With bald honesty and brutal lyricism" ( Elle ), the anonymous author depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity, as well as their cravenness, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians. "Spare and unpredictable, minutely observed and utterly free of self-pity" ( The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), A Woman in Berlin tells of the complex relationship between civilians and an occupying army and the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject--the mass rape suffered by all, regardless of age or infirmity.

A Woman in Berlin stands as "one of the essential books for understanding war and life" (A. S. Byatt, author of Possession ).

Publisher: New York : Holt, 2005.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780312426118
Branch Call Number: 940.534315 WOM
Characteristics: xxi, 261 pages ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Boehm, Philip


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Jun 09, 2015

This book is mesmorizing. A war book but so much more.

May 05, 2015

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.

Aug 15, 2014

An important historical document.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.

bibliotechnocrat Jan 15, 2014

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.

May 17, 2012

Read this, then see the film treatment.

Chitownchica Jan 12, 2012

Brave story that says all the things that never get said.

Nov 16, 2011

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.

Jun 11, 2011

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.

Aug 06, 2007

Crystal clear writing from inside a time of defeat and occupation.

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