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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.
©2015 Marie Jalowicz Simon (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 02-06-16

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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3 out of 5 stars
By A. Wat on 03-28-18

Interesting Narrative

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I don't think it could be changed, nor should it. This was an historical narrative of what happened in her life.

Was Underground in Berlin worth the listening time?

Yes, if just to learn from the historical narrative. It was fascinating to here what Marie was like and what those around her were like in her eyes.

Any additional comments?

I would not, personally, have wanted to know her because she judged almost everyone she met and knew so harshly both in their character and appearance. This part of the story grew old for me.

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