Thursday, October 18, 2007

Anonymous: A Woman in Berlin

A Woman in Berlin, Anonymous. Fabulous, disturbing read. A quick read, but definitely don't skip the intro and foreword, to place the diary in context. If you're like me, you've read plenty of books about the horrors the Nazis perpetrated on all walks of humanity, but this is the first book I've read about what the Germans suffered right as WWII ended. The anonymous author is even-handed about it- at first she is shocked about the "Ivan's" behaviors, but it quickly dawns on her that the soldiers from her country probably behaved equally barbarically. Definitely an anti-war tract, whether intentionally or not. The author questions gender roles as she knows them, and survival, as she has known it. Puts (my) life into perspective.