by Marie Jalowicz-Simon - £14.99 Profile Books Ltd (2015)
hardback ISBN 13: 9781781254141 | ISBN 10: 1781254141
Thrilling and terrifying by turns, this is the gripping account of a young Jewish woman who survived the Second World War by going to ground in Berlin.
Berlin 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordinary decision. All around her, Jews are being rounded up for deportation, forced labour and extermination. Marie takes off the yellow star and vanishes into the city.
In the years that follow, Marie lives under an assumed identity, moving between almost twenty different safe houses. She is forced to accept shelter wherever she can find it, and many of those she stayed with expected services in return. She stays with foreign workers, committed communists and even convinced Nazis. Any false move might lead to arrest. Always on the move, never certain who could be trusted and how far, it was her quick-witted determination and the most amazing and hair-raising strokes of luck that ensured her survival.
This is Marie's extraordinary story, told in her own voice with unflinching honesty after more than fifty years of silence.
(Price & availability last checked: March 2015)
In booklists: Experiences of War - Civilians, The Holocaust, Jewish Women, Jewish Lives, World War II, In categories: Peace & Human Rights, History & Biography, Anti-Racism, Jewish Diaspora, Feminism & Women,