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Survive & Protest,
This review is from: All That I Am (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This is an engaging and accessible account of life in Berlin during Hitler's rise to power, the forms of resistance used within Germany to resist the exterminating reach of the Third Reich, and the flight to places of safety, where opposition could be maintained.
Funder's three central characters, Ruth, Dora and Ernst, carry the bulk of the action, fleshing out one another's accounts of events, and it is the extraordinary pull of these everyday accounts from relatively 'ordinary' people (except their courage is anything but), which gives this novel (based on fact) its empathetic grip on the reader. I found the pages almost seemed to turn themselves.
What I found most chilling was the way in which notions of safety and sanctuary could be almost wholly illusory, and no real protection against betrayal in the face of an evil which is methodically, implacably hunting you down. A gripping, thrilling and disturbing read. Recommended. If you want to complement this vision of life during the Third Reich, I'd recommend Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)