Even as the author endures
the period of mass rape, she is conscious
that the period will end and that life will
return to 'normal'. She speaks of the German
soldiers who will return to Berlin on leave,
saying "they loved to tell their stories
which always involved exploits that showed
them in a good light. We on the other hand
will have to keep politely mum; each one of
us will have to act as if she in particular
was spared. Otherwise no man is going to
want to touch us any more."
She predicted correctly - when she showed the diaries to her fiancé, Gerd, he returned them to her without comment, and when A Woman in Berlin was first published anonymously in German (five years after an English language ...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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