Survival in the Shadows: Seven Jews Hidden in Hitler's Berlin
The remarkable true story of two families that survived against all odds in the heart of the Nazi capitalSurvival in the Shadows rivetingly chronicles the incredible survival of seven German Jews in Berlin through the final and most deadly years of the Holocaust. In January 1943, unable to flee... show more
The remarkable true story of two families that survived against all odds in the heart of the Nazi capitalSurvival in the Shadows rivetingly chronicles the incredible survival of seven German Jews in Berlin through the final and most deadly years of the Holocaust. In January 1943, unable to flee Germany, the four members of the Arndt family went underground to avoid deportation to Auschwitz. Soon they were joined by Ellen Lewinsky and her mother, Charlotte; a year later, Bruno Gumpel joined the group. Hiding in a small factory fewer than two miles from Hitler’s bunker, without identification cards or food-ration stamps, they were dependent on German strangers for sustenance and anonymity. When Russian soldiers finally rescued the group in April 1945, the families were perilously near death from starvation. But their will to live triumphed. Most joyously, two months later, four of the survivors—Erich Arndt and Ellen Lewinsky, and Ruth Arndt and Bruno Gumpel—reunited in a double wedding ceremony. In her compelling and captivating book, Barbara Lovenheim shares this previously untold story, relayed to her by three surviving members of the group, whom she met by chance in her hometown. Survival in the Shadows is a touching portrayal of the resourcefulness and bravery of the seven Jews in hiding as well as the fortitude and humanity of the ordinary Germans who kept them alive.
Publish date: 2015-04-07
Publisher: Open Road Media
Pages no: 218
Edition language: English
This is an extraordinary account how 7 members of the Arndt, Lewinsky and the Gumpel families managed to survive through the final and most deadly years of the Holocaust by hiding together from the Nazis. It is hard to imagine being able to go underground (becoming “U boats”) right under Hitler’s no...
I thank NetGalley and Open Road for the opportunity to read and to review Survival in the Shadows, by Barbara Lovenheim. The story was one that needs to be told--that cannot be forgotten--that we must do all we can to be certain is not repeated. Read more here.
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. Lovenheim’s book details the experience of the Arndt family and friends as they survive underground in Berlin during the Second World War. Underground does not mean living sewers or caves; it means existing in Berlin, being hidden by Germans. The no...
Another great historical non-fiction book I received from NetGalley for an honest review. Most people are familiar with Anne Frank and her story that ended sadly. This novel shows the lives of three families who survived Hitler's rule. Highly recommend to those folks fascinated with the era.