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Gone to Ground: One woman's extraordinary account of survival in the heart of Nazi Germany by [Marie Jalowicz-Simon, Irene Stratenwerth, Hermann Simon, Anthea Bell]
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A remarkable, unsentimental book ... Gone to Ground is a memorably good book, and Jalowicz's voice - perceptive, humane, determined - comes across on every page. -- Caroline Moorehead * Guardian * Remarkable ... fascinating ... She is a female voice from the horrors of the Second World War and it is good that voice lives on. -- Louise Jury * Independent * Jalovicz Smon is a born storyteller, fluently describing dire practicalities, sparing no one in criticism or praise, including herself. -- Rebecca Swirsky * The Observer * Marie 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 The tone of her testimony is remarkable, unsentimental and yet often infused with unexpected empathy for so many of the people with whom she crossed paths...What makes this book so striking is the steady voice, beautifully rendered into English by Anthea Bell, of a spectacularly resilient, resourceful and singularly brave woman. -- Natasha Lehrer * Jewish Chronicle * This isn't a book about noble heroes, or about silent heroes. It's not a history of the good people in the resistance. It takes us deep into Berlin, where meanness and helpfulness, squalor and great heartedness kept close quarters ... This book is a mad journey into the reality that lies beyond the radar of history's great words and broad brushstrokes. It pays witness not to human love, but instead to a devastating love of truth. * Berliner Zeitung * --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Marie Jalowicz Simon was born in 1922 and came from a middle-class Jewish family. She escaped the ghettos and concentration camps that claimed the lives of so many other Jews during the Second World War, by living in hiding in Berlin. After the war she taught classics and philosophy at the Berlin Humboldt University, but rarely spoke about her past. Shortly before her death in 1998, her son recorded her telling her story for the first time. This book is based on the tapes he recorded. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • Print length : 368 pages
  • Publisher : Clerkenwell Press; Main edition (26 February 2015)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00QFXBBRW
  • File size : 3015 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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