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|Read Pdf ó A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary ó A New York Times Book Review Editors ChoiceFor eight weeks in , as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in her apartment building and among its residents The anonymous author depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity, as well as their cravenness, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians A Woman in Berlin tells of the complex relationship between civilians and an occupying army and the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject the mass rape suffered by all, regardless of age or infirmity The book is a journal that covers first eight weeks of Soviet occupation of Berlin at the end of WW2 This is one of the better written journals and one of the most honest.The author was a gifted writer who didn t sugar coat the subjects of war time rape when women became nothingthan the spoils of war The victors were entitled, plain and simple, and no orders, or threats, or pleas could stop the daily assault of Red Army on the female civilians.The German women knew it was coming They we The book is a journal that covers first eight weeks of Soviet occupation of Berlin at the end of WW2 This is one of the better written journals and one of the most honest.The author was a gifted writer who didn t sugar coat the subjects of war time rape when women became nothingthan the spoils of war The victors were entitled, plain and simple, and no orders, or threats, or pleas could stop the daily assault of Red Army on the female civilians.The German women knew it was coming They were saying, better to have a Russki on top than a Yank overhead, meaning the rape was a better option than daily bombings, a better chance to stay alive This by itself is a powerful statement about how wonderful life of the German civilians was under the constant bombardment by the Allies that they were looking forward towards the Soviet occupation.If I could change the generic title of the book, I would rename it Fifty shades of rape There was a difference between a single man rape and a gang rape, between being raped repeatedly by the same soldier or being forced to service a different one every day None of the rapists were the same, and every day taught her something about the Soviets and herself If me repeatedly using the word rape throws you off, you shouldn t read the book I doubt any woman would enjoy the journal However, if you can get through Marta Hillers pain, the book is a remarkable account of courage and survival The end of World War Two was not the same all over Germany It was quite civilized in the West, where the Americans and the British approached, fought, and eventually occupied It was anything but civilized in the East, where the Russians came There were significant differences between the Western occupying forces namely, the Americans and the British and the Russians Yes, most of the Russians soldiers and even officers were primitive folks, many of which country population of the vast Rus The end of World War Two was not the same all over Germany It was quite civilized in the West, where the Americans and the British approached, fought, and eventually occupied It was anything but civilized in the East, where the Russians came There were significant differences between the Western occupying forces namely, the Americans and the British and the Russians Yes, most of the Russians soldiers and even officers were primitive folks, many of which country population of the vast Russian prairies, with their average education level far below that of the American and the British soldiers Yes, it was also in their culture that is, if you wish to call this culture that the victors loot the conquered areas, rob the defeated, and rape their women Yet one cannot only account the behavior of the Russians to them being uneducated, primitive, and, if you wish to say so, animal like One should never forget how the German soldiers, members of a nation of poets and thinkers , members of what they had been made to believe a master race , had acted in Russia when invading the country without any provocation They had just simply acted like pigs No, I ll take this back I don t want to insult pigs O.k., not all German soldiers had acted like that But plenty of them They had not only robbed poor peasants of their livelihood, that is, their livestock, their meager food storage, and, quite often, their last loaf of bread, leaving them to starve, they had also murdered civilians of all ages, including children, and they had brutally raped women and killed some right after.So what kind of behavior would someone expect from a Russian soldier whose wife, sister, and or daughter had been raped by invading German soldiers and or whose whole or partial family had been murdered or left to starve Women remaining in Berlin, left with next to none supplies and with no possibility to leave the city , got the brunt of this Russian behavior For the actual contents of this book, please read the description of this book You might also wish to read about Marta Hillers, the assumed author of this book, which was, and still is, published with Anonymus as author Here is the link to Wikipedia s entry on Marta Hillers reading this book, I now understand why my grandmother, who wasn t particularly religious, was praying every night that the Americans would arrive at our town before the Russians would get here Again, I have no intention to vilify the Russians Btw, my husband is 1 4 Russian His paternal grandfather was an officer POW in the First World War He was assigned to slave labor on the farm where my husband s grandmother was the farmer s daughter Who are THE Russians anyway Who are THE Germans Who are THE Americans THE Russians are the Berlin rapists they are Tolstoy they are Ivan the Terrible they are Dostoyevsky they are Putin they are the fabulous dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet they are my Russian Goodreads friends they are my husband s grandfather.THE Germans are Hitler and the Nazis they are Goethe and Schiller they are Angela Merckl they are my nice and also my nasty previous German neighbors they are my friend Mariele, who was one of my dying mother s caregivers and who purchased a mistreated mountain lion from a pimp and drove some thousand miles until she could finally deliver the animal to a zoo that would take it.THE Americans are George Washington they are Mark Twain they are Richard Nixon they are John Steinbeck they are my beloved Barrack Obama they are the first American GI I saw, who gave me the piece of chocolate he had in his pocket and my mother the fish he had just caught they are our pious Mormon neighbors and they are Donald Trump and the addle brained masses who voted for him Poor words, you do not suffice.Indeed, words are not enough to convey that horror We, lucky ones, born after the war, living in the time of peace, have to summon all our imagination, all human compassion and empathy to be able to catch though a glimpse of that suffering and humiliation that people then experiencedA woman in Berlin, written by anonymous German woman, spans two months of 1945, from April until the 20 of the June and is a chronicle from besieged and defeated city And becausePoor words, you do not suffice.Indeed, words are not enough to convey that horror We, lucky ones, born after the war, living in the time of peace, have to summon all our imagination, all human compassion and empathy to be able to catch though a glimpse of that suffering and humiliation that people then experiencedA woman in Berlin, written by anonymous German woman, spans two months of 1945, from April until the 20 of the June and is a chronicle from besieged and defeated city And because author stays unnamed throughout whole story it gives us a wider perspective and allows to raise above this particular period and extend our view This woman, being herself, can be obscure daughter of Hecuba , unhappy sister of Cassandra, distant relative of every woman raped and mutilated through and by the war Novel, in a form of a journal, is very well written You feel that author is well educated and had some writing experience, her thoughts are clearly expressed and balanced From some snippets you know she knew French and a bit of Russian, that travelled a lot before the war, oh irony to Russia too She is sensitive and compassionate but her report is nothing but dry facts You don t find here any self pity, she doesn t make too much fuss about conditions she and her compatriots had to endure Only unemotional report about daily food rations, never ending ventures for water, plundering and hunting for some food, air raids and burning city.People, hiding in the basements like some parody of cave dwellers, form close community, after all what better brings people together than mutual misery but it is rather fragile bond, it can easily be broken The real community is created by women Because they took on themselves that first the wildest attack of Russian victors While men were hiding, protected by their wives and lovers, women had to face repeated rapes and constant violence It s a grim reading though there are truly heartening moments and some humorous accents as well seeing some men in naval uniforms our guide to this ghost city states onlyApparently they ve taken Berlin by sea as well We certainly have enough lakes aroundI was trying to imagine her life after war Did she accept her horrible past, did she find love and peace of mind Where did she live In Germany I could dig a bit for her but decided not to do that Not everything is for sale and I respect her silence after that diary She gave a testimony already When we speak of war fatalities, of those who have fallen, of those who have offered themselves up as sacrifices for the purpose of but to what purpose We think of fallen soldiers on the battlefield, yet far behind those front lines that so often are saluted in honor with parades and holidays are the women Throughout the history of humankind, women of all ages have been treated as the prize of the conquerer To the winner go the spoils, and the spoils are women A Woman in Berlin is a When we speak of war fatalities, of those who have fallen, of those who have offered themselves up as sacrifices for the purpose of but to what purpose We think of fallen soldiers on the battlefield, yet far behind those front lines that so often are saluted in honor with parades and holidays are the women Throughout the history of humankind, women of all ages have been treated as the prize of the conquerer To the winner go the spoils, and the spoils are women A Woman in Berlin is a journal kept over a two month period of time in 1945, when Berlin was overtaken by the Russian Soviet Army The author, dubbed simply Anonymous, is rud to be a German woman named Marta, well educated, perhaps a journalist who has seen much of the world but not in this way For eight weeks she chronicles the battle of the woman in war Over 100,000 women are raped over this 8 week period in Berlin Not once, but over and over again The diarist writes of this time in a way that perhaps only a journalist could, keeping emotions in check, remaining clear eyed, intelligence evident, apparently using her writing as a tool of survival If the horrors of war are indescribable, the horrors of what women have had to endure as the human spoils of wars over time has had little examination, little if any punishment arguably this behavior has even been encouraged , and even less understanding This book is important reading to anyone wishing to understand war Any war Who will pin purple hearts on these women for their suffering and degradation Who can measure the wounds that never heal and their lifelong consequences to invidividuals and to societies These are the unsung heroes who are forced to submit, yet so often rise up first to rebuild what war has torn apart homes, families, lives The first time this diary was published, it was not received as the heroic work of a survivor The diarist was ostracized, because so often people turn away from and deny what hurts most, what reminds us of the depravity in mankind She gave instruction to not publish these pages again until after her death, which arrived in 2001 But this is a timeless book, because women are being used and abused as the spoils of wars today Witness Bosnia and Kosovo, Darfur, Iraq, and the list goes on to include every battle in which man has raised a weapon, himself becoming a weapon of destruction Essential reading