Eight Weeks in the Conquered City By Anonymous Translated by: Phillip Boehm (261 Pages)Publisher: Metropolitan Books, 2005
The landmark journal of a woman living through the Russian conquest of Berlin. For eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman, alone in the city, kept a daily record of her and her neighbors' experiences, determined to describe the common lot of millions. Purged of all self-pity but with laser-sharp observation and bracing humor, the anonymous author conjures up a ravaged apartment building and its little group of residents struggling to get by in the rubble without food, hear, or water. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, she depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity as well as their cravenness, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians. At once an essential record and a work of literature, A Woman in Berlin gives voice to the rarely heard victims of war: the women.