Gemeinschaft für ein sozialistisches Leben

In a story that is replete with irony the daughter of one of the richest families in Essen was saved from the Holocaust by a Jewish socialist organization. Even more astounding is her own account that she travelled across Germany in trains with Gestapo officers and looked very German and brazenly replied, if they asked what she was doing,  that she couldn’t tell them because she was under direct command from the Führer, Adolf Hitler.

A past in hiding : memory and survival in Nazi Germany  Mark Roseman  New York : Metropolitan Books, 2001  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xiii, 491 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [467]-475) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

At the outbreak of WWII, Marianne Strauss, the sheltered daughter of well-to-do German Jews, was an ordinary girl, concerned with studies, friends, and romance. Almost overnight she was transformed into a woman of spirit and defiance, a fighter who, when the Gestapo came for her family, seized the moment and went underground. On the run for two years, Marianne traveled across Nazi Germany without papers, aided by a remarkable resistance organization, previously unknown and unsung.

Drawing on an astonishing cache of documents as well as interviews on three continents, historian Mark Roseman reconstructs Marianne’s odyssey and reveals aspects of life in the Third Reich long hidden from view. As Roseman excavates the past, he also puts forward a new and sympathetic interpretation of the troubling discrepancies between fact and recollection that so often cloud survivors’ accounts.


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