Marie Jalowicz Simon

Untergetaucht. Eine junge Frau überlebt in Berlin 1940-1945

© S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2014Marie Jalowicz Simon: Untergetaucht. Eine junge Frau überlebt in Berlin 1940-1945 
 © S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2014Even those who know in theory that there were Jews who survived the Holocaust in Germany by going underground and spending years in hiding can be amazed by Marie Jalowicz Simon’s recollections. For it is only when one looks at a specific story that it becomes clear how what is easily said consists of hundreds of days and many thousands of hours, each of which presents problems that have to be overcome. The next place to stay, the next meal, the next lie, and later on the next night of bombing. But also the slow passage of time in inhospitable surroundings, usually damned to inactivity, sometimes misused as a domestic slave. (…) She meets peoples who help her so spontaneously and courageously that she herself is surprised. “If I survive and am still a decent person, I will spend my whole life trying to listen carefully to hear if someone needs me.” The main thing is to survive, and also to maintain a minimum ethical and intellectual standard. Everything is possible for her, but she needs to know that it will pass. Her determination not to suffer inner harm is impressive.

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Marie Jalowicz Simon
Untergetaucht. Eine junge Frau überlebt in Berlin 1940-1945
S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2014
ISBN 978-3-10-036721-1
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