Underground in Berlin

  • by Marie Jalowicz Simon, Anthea Bell - translator, Hermann Simon - foreword, Hermann Simon - afterword
  • Narrated by Ellen Archer
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 19-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 20 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Marie Jalowicz Simon transports the reader right to wartime Berlin. Even seventy years later, her voice is young, fresh, and gripping. Her story is by turns funny, wise, and horrific. I felt like she was reaching out to me across time and I couldn't help but fall in love with her. Despite the incredible dangers she faced living underground in Nazi Berlin, Marie's story is incredibly life-affirming and at times, even joyful." (Clara Kramer, author of Clara's War)
"An absolutely gripping account of one young woman's struggle to escape deportation at the hands of the Nazis and of those who helped her. Marie Jalowicz-Simon details for the first time with total honesty the harsh sexual politics of survival in the Berlin underground." (Thomas Ertman, New York University, author of Birth of the Leviathan)

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Hardcore binge listen

Interesting gripping insight into how it is to live in a totalitarian state . I want to find other books of this like so if anybody knows send me a message.
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- Wayne

Why do we have to know EVERY detail?!!

I appreciate knowing Ms. Simon had such a good memory for details, but why did her son have to include every one of them in her memoir? I am sure she has quite a story, but all the names, occupations, and every minor detail of people inessential to her story makes me want to shout, "Who Cares?!!" I'm sure I've missed important points in the muddle of details because I find myself down the black hole where I can't concentrate. Even important character's get lost in the muddle. For instance, a woman who helped her who was in the circus... why did we have to have the stunts they preformed described to us? I've been to the circus! I've seen their acts.
He did his Mother's story a disservice. All the details he allowed in the book might have been meaningful to him, but I can't finish it because of them.
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- Gail

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio