A Past in Hiding: Memory and Survival in Nazi Germany

By Mark Roseman

A heart-stopping survivor tale and extraordinary historic research that provides unheard of perception into everyday life within the 3rd Reich and the powers and pitfalls of memory.

At the outbreak of WWII, Marianne Strauss, the sheltered daughter of well-to-do German Jews, used to be a standard lady, curious about stories, acquaintances, and romance. virtually in a single day she used to be remodeled right into a lady of spirit and defiance, a fighter who, while the Gestapo got here for her relations, seized the instant and went underground. at the run for 2 years, Marianne traveled throughout Nazi Germany with out papers, aided by way of a awesome resistance association, formerly unknown and unsung. Drawing on an remarkable cache of records in addition to interviews on 3 continents, historian Mark Roseman reconstructs Marianne's odyssey and divulges elements of existence within the 3rd Reich lengthy hidden from view. As Roseman excavates the prior, he additionally places ahead a brand new and sympathetic interpretation of the troubling discrepancies among truth and recollection that so frequently cloud survivors' accounts.

A detective tale, a love tale, a narrative of significant braveness and survival below the cruelest stipulations, A earlier in Hiding is additionally a poignant research into the character of reminiscence, authenticity, and truth.

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Captain Ellenbogen had made it his challenge to find Jews in Germany and provide aid the place attainable. On his personal initiative, he had sought permission to go to Belsen, an adventure recorded in a few surprising photos which continue to exist to at the present time. Correspondence in his records attests to his relocating and conscientious paintings in developing touch among camp survivors and their kin out of the country. Basil Ellenbogen was once born in Liverpool in December 1917, the second one of 3 boys. His father, Max, was once a draper, promoting garments and furnishings on credits.

39. this isn't continually obvious in my translation. The repetition of “one” (in German, “man”) was once so clumsy in English that i've got rendered it occasionally as “you,” occasionally as “we,” sometimes as “I,” reckoning on the context. forty. Interview, M E, 31. 10. 1996. forty-one. access, Braunschweig, 2. nine. 1944. forty two. Diary access, nine. eight. 1944. forty three. replica, Johanna Ganzer, Eidesstattliche Erklärung, Düsseldorf, 25. nine. 1995. forty four. M E, “Flucht,” p. one hundred forty. forty five. Ibid. , p. 139. forty six. reproduction, draft, M E to Landgericht, Essen, 2. 10. 1952. forty seven. reproduction, M E to R W, 14.

That's the fortunate factor. Given the misfortunes that experience bothered every body, most folk won’t even hearken to you. I method the article carefully to prevent a rejection. it's tricky to push him towards a call. i'll do my top. Fritz is my merely desire. eight Later within the 12 months, the Strausses have been very distressed to profit through Grete Strauss that their hopes of Bertel’s emigration had come to not anything. She used to be now interned within the Rivesault camp, separated from her husband and her son. Marianne’s aunt Lore couldn't disguise her unhappiness: We inspiration she will be with you in July and have been so disenchanted in case you, expensive Grete, wrote she have been unsuccessful a result of price of the passage.

Interview, M E, 1989. eleven. Interview, M E, 31. 10. 1996. 12. reproduction, Frau Julia Böcker, “Eidesstattliche Erklärung,” Essen, 26. 2. 1995. thirteen. Ibid. See bankruptcy thirteen, “The destiny of Marianne’s Family,” notice 87. 14. reproduction, witness assertion of Julia Böcker, 28. three. 1955. 15. replica, M E to L G E, in Sachen Ellenbogen/Hammacher, 2. 10. 1952. sixteen. M E, “Flucht,” p. a hundred and forty. 17. Interview, M E, 31. 10. 1996. 18. HStAD RW58, 74234, draft letter, StaPoD II B four. Tgb Nr 248/43g/Strauss to Bahnhof, M-Gladbach, 6. nine. 1943. 19. based on Frau Jürgens in 1960; see reproduction, Öffentliche Sitzung des II.

Forty nine these days, it truly is well known that the Abwehr was once implicated in wartime conspiracies opposed to Hitler and that a lot of its leaders have been finished presently sooner than the tip of the warfare. a ways much less renowned is its involvement in assisting German Jews to get in another country. virtually as stunning to me used to be that the association can be involved with the Strauss brothers. The relatives was once now not fairly popular, and their enterprise hardly ever functioned on a scale that earnings entry to govt circles. yet Marianne believed that the hyperlink to the Abwehr used to be the kin banker, Friedrich W.

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