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The Last Jews in Berlin

Narrated by: David de Vries
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: History, European
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, approximately 160,000 Jews called Berlin home. By 1943 less than 5,000 remained in the nation's capital, the epicenter of Nazism, and by the end of the war, that number had dwindled to 1,000. All the others had died in air raids, starved to death, committed suicide, or been shipped off to the death camps. 

In this captivating and harrowing book, Leonard Gross details the real-life stories of a dozen Jewish men and women who spent the final 27 months of World War II underground, hiding in plain sight, defying both the Gestapo and, even worse, Jewish "catchers" ready to report them to the Nazis in order to avoid the gas chambers themselves. A teenage orphan, a black-market jewel trader, a stylish young designer, and a progressive intellectual were among the few who managed to survive. Through their own resourcefulness, bravery, and at times, sheer luck, these Jews managed to evade the tragic fates of so many others. 

Gross has woven these true stories of perseverance into a heartbreaking, suspenseful, and moving account with the narrative force of a thriller. Compiled from extensive interviews, The Last Jews in Berlin reveals these individuals' astounding determination, against all odds, to live each day knowing it could be their last.

©1992 Leonard Gross (P)2019 Tantor

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Gives new insight into a terrible time in history

This book tells the story of people surviving against unimaginable odds during a terrible time in history. I am not finished with the book, but so far it has been a very interesting read... Rather than a depressing rehash of the horrors of the Nazis and wartime in general, it tells the personal efforts of those who risked everything to help the many Jews who decided to (or were forced to) stay in Berlin. It is uplifting to hear of the selfless bravery of the characters...engrossing and very well narrated.