Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

TitleBerlin Diaries, 1940-1945
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsVassiltchikov, Marie
Number of Pages324
PublisherVintage Books
CityNew York

A Russian emigre princess, Vassiltchikov (1917-78) arrived in Berlin soon after the outbreak of World War II. This secret diary is replete with graphic descriptions of what life was like during those increasingly desperate times when saturation bombings, fire storms, and food shortages became the terrible norm. Of exceptional interest, too, are the entries pertaining to her close ties with those who attempted to assassinate Hitler in the "July Plot." This absorbing personal account of Berlin's Gotterdammerung represents a valuable opportunity to understand World War II from the perspective of Germany's courageous civilian population. Though no less brave than Londoners, Berliners suffered far more. Highly recommended for most libraries. Mark R. Yerburgh, Trinity Coll. Lib., Burlington, Vt. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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