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Shadows of Berlin


A captivating novel of a Berlin girl on the run from the guilt of her past and ...
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Angelika tells Rachel that she "make[s] her [so-called-crime] such a terrible transgression that it stops you from living. You hide behind it, hide from life." Do you believe this is true? 

Created: 04/28/22

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davinamw

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Angelika tells Rachel that she

Angelika tells Rachel that there was nothing special about the girl Rachel exposed, or about Rachel's "so-called crime." Yet, she says, Rachel "make[s] it such a terrible transgression that it stops you from living. You hide behind it, hide from life." 

Do you believe this is true? 


Posted Apr. 30, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
kimk

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RE: Angelika tells Rachel that she "...

I do agree that her major source of guilt is the betrayal of the young Jewish girl in the baret, and that the guilt does keep her from enjoying life. It is, after all, one o the major things keeping her from having children, and that in turn is impacting her relationship with her husband. I'm not sure I'd characterize her reaction as hiding behind it; I think it's more like a roadblock.


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carriem

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RE: Angelika tells Rachel that she "...

I completely agree with kimk especially of how it impacts her relationship with Aaron and possibly her hesitance in having children. In addition, I think that the advice comes from Angelika has more impact because she has not really forgiven her for what she did to survive and coax Rachel to participate in order to survive.


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