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A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary A New York Times Book Review Editors ChoiceFor eight weeks in , as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in her apartment building and among its residents 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 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



10 thoughts on “A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary

  1. Lilo Lilo says:

    The end of World War Two was not the same all over Germany It was quite civilized in the West, where the Americans and the British approached, fought, and eventually occupied It was anything but civilized in the East, where the Russians came There were significant differences between the Western occupying forces namely, the Americans and the British and the Russians Yes, most o


  2. Agnieszka Agnieszka says:

    Poor words, you do not suffice .Indeed, words are not enough to convey that horror We, lucky ones, born after the war, living in the time of peace, have to summon all our imagination, all human compassion and empathy to be able to catch though a glimpse of that suffering and humiliation that people then experiencedA woman in Berlin, written by anonymous German woman, spans two mont


  3. Zinta Zinta says:

    When we speak of war fatalities, of those who have fallen, of those who have offered themselves up as sacrifices for the purpose of but to what purpose We think of fallen soldiers on the battlefield, yet far behind those front lines that so often are saluted in honor with parades and holidays are the women Throughout the history of humankind, women of all ages have been treated as the


  4. Trée Trée says:

    Two days after finishing, I still can t stop thinking about the haunting beauty of this rare journal, deeply saddened at the events described and equally saddened she didn t writeThis is the kind of book that sucks all the oxygen out of the air, that needs space once it is finished The idea of starting something new is out of the question, almost sacrilege One wants a moment of silence, to


  5. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    Although this book was and still is published anonymously, in 2003 the author was identified as Marta Hillers, a journalist who had died two years previously at the age of 90 She was cultured, well travelled, multilingual, and 34 years old when she wrote this diary, which covers only 58 days It was first published in 1954, in English, then four years later, in German They really hated it in Ge


  6. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Poor words, you do not suffice,this is what she wrote in her diary The truth lay in the mass of closely observed detail, says this book s editorThe anonymous diarist possessed an eye so consistent and authentic that even the most imaginative forger would never have been able to reproduce her vision of eventsIndeed, you sense the authenticity in these words even if the book really was authenticated


  7. E. G. E. G. says:

    Introduction, by Antony BeevorTranslator s Note A Woman in Berlin Diary 20 April 1945 to 22 June 1945 Afterword, by the German Editor Hans Magnus Enzensberger


  8. AMEERA & AMEERA & says:

    I love reading about war and this book was perfect.


  9. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I think everybody should read this book When I began it I warned others that it is about rape in wartime And that is true Any subject in a good author s hands can be worth reading It is the ability of the author to make that subject comprehensible to readers that distinguishes a good author We know now who the anonymous writer of these diaries was Her name is Marta Hillers The German writer Kurt Marek was res


  10. Victor Victor says:

    The book is a journal that covers first eight weeks of Soviet occupation of Berlin at the end of WW2 This is one of the better written journals and one of the most honest.The author was a gifted writer who didn t sugar coat the subjects of war time rape when women became nothingthan the spoils of war The victors were entitled, plain and simple, and no orders, or threats, or pleas could stop the daily assault of R


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