An eyewitness chronicle of the downfall of Berlin, the arrival of the Russians, the revenge attacks on the predominately female population and rationally adapting to basic survival in the aftermath. The anonymous author is subject to repeated rape by a succession of passing soldiery until she secures herself protection by accepting a Russian officer as a shield and a food provider in return for her sexual services. The author writes with 'warts and all' humour and unflinching realism. The images remain in one's memory. Her reaction to events was to accept and expect events, aware that the Germans had behaved abominably on the Eastern Front, putting into perspective the postwar- 'Wir haben nichts gewusst' apologia of other compatriots.
An unputdownable memoir. As a journalist she reports conversations and comments of everyday neighbours and friends. Most telling of all Anonymous reports on a conversation with a 17 year old Russian soldier, ex- partisan who burned to tell his audience of Wehrmacht soldiers wives' how he had witnessed in his village children being bayoneted and babies' heads being bashed against walls. She asks ' Is this hearsay or did you see it yourself? ' .'I saw it twice myself' he replies.