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Gone to ground : one woman's extraordinary account of survival in the heart of Nazi Germany

Author: Marie Simon
Publisher: London : Clerkenwell, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Berlin 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordinary decision. All around her, Jews are being rounded up for deportation, forced labour and extermination. Marie takes off the yellow star and vanishes into the city. In the years that follow, Marie lives under an assumed identity, moving between almost twenty different safe houses. She is forced to accept shelter wherever she can  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Named Person: Marie Simon; Marie Simon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marie Simon
ISBN: 9781781254141 1781254141
OCLC Number: 905473384
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 350 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Marie Jalowicz Simon ; translated by Anthea Bell ; with an introduction by Lisa Appignanesi ; and an afterword by Hermann Simon.

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Berlin 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordinary decision. All around her, Jews are being rounded up for deportation, forced labour and extermination. Marie takes off the yellow star and vanishes into the city. In the years that follow, Marie lives under an assumed identity, moving between almost twenty different safe houses. She is forced to accept shelter wherever she can find it, and many of those she stayed with expected services in return. She stays with foreign workers, committed communists and even convinced Nazis. Any false move might lead to arrest. Always on the move, never certain who could be trusted and how far, it was her quick-witted determination and the most amazing and hair-raising strokes of luck that ensured her survival. This is Marie's extraordinary story, told in her own voice with unflinching honesty after more than fifty years of silence.

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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 Read more...

 
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