Saturday, July 02, 2005

Rubble Women

Perhaps the most horrific incident recounted in the book concerns a lawyer married to a Jewish woman whom he had refused to divorce and who had had to endure terrible hardship as a consequence; they are huddled over the radio, listening to foreign broadcasts, looking forward to the liberation, when Russian soldiers burst into their basement, shooting the husband. Three of them threw themselves on top of the wife while she screamed: "But I'm Jewish, I'm Jewish" and her husband lay bleeding to death. "

from Linda Grant´s review of A Woman in Berlin (here).

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