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

Not quite what I expected

I enjoyed the book but overall I did not have any empathy for main character. Unfortunately she came across as a spoiled and entitled. i understand why she didn't want to do the jobs she was given. What I don't understand is how she could quit the jobs knowing she had no means to support herself and had to rely on others. I realize what she went through was extremely difficult but her hardships were nowhere near those of other survivors i have read about. I was amazed by the kindness of somel Germans and their willingness to put themselves in danger to help others and stand up for their beliefs.
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- Patricia Ciccarelli

Book Details

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