Letters From Berlin : A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship

Letters From Berlin : A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship

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"The stunning memoir of a girl coming of age in Hitler's Germany, her subsequent imprisonment in the Russian Gulag, and her posthumously discovered love letters to a mysterious soldier on the front-written during the final siege of Berlin."--Book jacket.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780762777983
Branch Call Number: 940.5343 DOS DOS
Characteristics: xxiv, 358 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lieff, Kerstin 1952-


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Feb 20, 2019

Beautifully written in a fearlessly honest voice; much like reading the diary of a girl who is becoming a woman during a period of confusion and slowly unfolding horrors. The account of how this book came to be, by Margarete's daughter who also composed this book that is nothing short of a feat of translation, is inspiring. As a war historian, I greatly valued the access to pre-war photos included in this book, and I will look forward to coming back to re-read this book in a few years.

Mar 11, 2015

The book starts slowly: the war part diary feels somewhat construed and apologetic. However, vivid description of bombings and other events kept me from giving up. The book picked up with the family in Russian POW camps, with haunting descriptions of events I knew very little about. The personal postwar Germany picture, again, was vivid and memorable. Very good read.


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