(Review) Survival in the Shadows: Seven Jews Hidden in Hitler's Berlin by Barbara Lovenheim

Publication Date: April 7, 2015.
Publisher: Open Road Media.
Genre: Holocaust; Berlin, Germany, World War II, history, memoir.
Pages: 240.
Source: Free ebook copy from Open Road Media, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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The story began in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany, December 1942. There were only 33,000 Jews left in Berlin. At one time there were 160,000 Jews in Berlin.
Dr. Arthur Arndt, wife Lina, and children Erich and Ruth are fearful they will be taken to a concentration camp. Restrictions and laws for Jews have become tighter. A decision to hide (or be transported to a death camp) must be made.
A mother and daughter, Charlotte and Ellen Lewinsky make the decision to hide.
Bruno Gumpel, a school friend of Erich's also decides to hide. 
The book describes the historical events in chronological order of the war and Holocaust. The emphasis of the book is on the seven people who hid from Nazi Germany.

My Thoughts:
There are several reasons that I gave this book 5 stars for excellent.

  • Information on the German Jewish woman named Stella Goldschlag. She was a Greiferin-Catcher in Berlin. She worked with the Gestapo to hunt and lure Jews that were in hiding. 
  • The detailed plans needed to accomplish living in hiding. 
  • The Gentile Germans that risked their lives to hide Jews.
  • Brazenness at leaving their "den" of hiding and taking part in the outside world.
  • Surviving after the war and rebuilding a new life. 

Survival in the Shadows is an astonishing story showing the courage of seven people. I am amazed at their tenacity and strength. Their savvy understanding of the grave situation they were in, yet they took a brave stand to live-on.

It was not long ago that I reviewed the book The Last Jews in Berlin, this book was also published by Open Road Media. The book shared several stories of Jewish men and women who survived both Nazi Germany's murder of the Jews, Bombing of Berlin, and the advancing Soviet Army. 

Youtube has several videos on the Bombing of Berlin.
The following video is from "The Winds of War" and it is of the Battle of Berlin.

Berlin, Germany 1945