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Not quite what I expected,
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This review is from: A Woman in Berlin: Diary 20 April 1945 to 22 June 1945 (Paperback)
I too came across this book after first reading it referenced in Antony Beevor's "Berlin". It surprised me. I was expecting something quite teary and relentlessly brutal. There is brutality, of course, but the narrator treats the terrible events of 1945 with an equanimity and a kind of ironic objectivity that is both immensely impressive and faintly disconcerting. I must admit, I can understand why some people doubt the diary's authenticity. It seems remarkable that the narrator could maintain such poise and distance during such a horrible period. It might sound odd to say, but the details of the Russian behaviour as relayed by the author seem less horrifying than the general descriptions offered by Beevor. It's testament, I suppose, to the resilience of womankind.