The Jews who survived the Holocaust . . . in Berlin

HOW THE BOOK CAME ABOUT

THE LAST JEWS IN BERLIN BY LEONARD GROSS (1982) 354 PAGES ★★★★★

Adolf Hitler reviewing Hitler Youth on parade in Berlin in 1938. Imagine what it would have been like to be a Jew living there at the time. Image: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A RAPIDLY SHRINKING COMMUNITY

MANY JEWS STILL IN BERLIN WHEN THE “FINAL SOLUTION” BEGAN

JEWS WHO SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST

  • a resourceful jeweler who fed his family and secured lodging for them at exorbitant prices by trading on the black market
  • a teenager, 17 years old in 1942, the oldest of three sons of a Jewish father and a Christian mother who had converted to Judaism
  • an “avant-garde intellectual” who wrote plays throughout the war that were produced in the name of the Christian woman he was living with
  • a poor Jewish man with an encyclopedic knowledge of theater and the opera
  • a blonde, blue-eyed woman and her husband who survived in plain sight for months because they looked “Aryan”

THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF CHRISTIANS WHO HELPED

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leonard Gross. Image: Amazon

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Mal Warwick

Mal Warwick

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