The Bonfire of Berlin: A Lost Childhood in Wartime Germany
Book Summary of The Bonfire of Berlin: A Lost Childhood in Wartime Germany
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Abandoned by her mother who left to pursue a career as a camp guard at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and loathed by her stepmother, Schneider endured the horrors of wartime Berlin cooped up in a cellar, starved, parched, and lonely, amidst the fetid crush of her neighbors. The grinding misery of hunger combined with the terror of air-raids, the absence of fresh water, and the constant threat of death and disease--typhus, influenza, or simply the apparently petty inflammations of bedbug bites--served not to unite the inhabitants of her block but rather to intensify the minor irritations of communal life into flashpoints of rage and violence. Even in the face of Russian victory, the survivors could not look forward to safety but rather to pillage and rape, even in their own cellar, as the victorious troops stampeded through the broken city. It was only gradually that some kind of normality resumed as Schneider's beloved father returned from the front, carrying his own scars of the war. This shocking book evokes the reality of life in a wartime city in all its brutality and deprivation, while still retaining a kernel of hope that as long as life goes on, all is not lost.
Details of Book: The Bonfire of Berlin: A Lost Childhood in Wartime Germany (BSID:11587)
|Book||The Bonfire of Berlin: A Lost Childhood in Wartime Germany|
|Author||Helga Schneider, Shaun Whiteside|
|Publisher||Random House (uk)|
|Number of Pages||220|
|Dimensions||7.74 x 6.59 x 0.56 inches|
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This book is basically built around one peak moment: the young protagonist meeting Adolf Hitler in the Reich Chancellery bunker during the dark days of the so called Battle of Berlin. One may say I'm underrating the importance of "The Bonfire of Berlin" while writing this, but actually I do think...
I think this is the first book I've read about World War II which is told from the perspective of a German Christian and this is the first time I have read anything about the devastation of Berlin and the Russian invasion. Helga Schneider recalls her childhood in Germany from 1941 to 1947, warts...
Tremendo. L'oppressione della guerra, di una cittÃ votata alla distruzione, un'infanzia negata a causa di una tremenda ideologia di morte, la perdita degli affetti, l'eugenetica come forma di controllo psicologico della popolazione, una devastazione morale tale per cui un istituto correzionale di...
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