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That the soldiers were thinking of course we will have sex with these women What are you crazy You would too if you were here This is our reward or our heroic Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution fighting Anyway it s just a bit ofun why all this suawking and women will be reminded why their mothers told them never to live in a war zone in case they had On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock forgotten that useful advice I love reading about war and this book was perfect I think everybody should read this book When I began it I warned others that it is about rape in wartime And that is true Any subject in a good author s hands can be worth reading It is the ability of the author to make that subject comprehensible to readers that distinguishes a good author We know now who the anonymous writer of these diaries was Her name is Marta Hillers The German writer Kurt Marek was responsibleor the initial publication of the book in 1954 in the United States The author was anonymous Only later was it published in Germany Only after her death in 2003 was it revealed who the writer wasThe book is based on the author s diary accounts rom the 20th of April to the 22nd of June 1945 It gives us a personal account of one woman s experiences when the Red army occupied Berlin Her story lets us understand what she and those around her experienced What they lived throughWhen I read this book I thought I am being shown a world that I could never ever imagine It was beyond belief The horror of it Fear Hunger Being alone completely alone And it is hard to imagine that people can act as they do It is important to read this book We must acknowledge how people can behave Yes you and I can behave so deplorably too So then you will think why should I read this Why should I put myself through this We must understand in our gut what has happened A book like this makes us aware both in our head and in our stomach both with clear thoughts and powerful emotions what another human being has experienced And why is this important It is important since it teaches us to not judge others Before judging another you must put yourself in their shoes This author has let us walk in her shoes And the writing shows us how we human beings behave Yes this book is about rape but it is also about survival It is about hunger too The book begins with hunger and ends with hunger How many of us reading this book has any real comprehension of being HUNGRY Can we come to understand what we might do what choices we might make if we were hungry as she was You will understand her choices when you read this book I will say it outright in an effort to survive this woman realized that she needed to ind a Russian that would provide her with ood and safety One s chances of not being raped were minimal If you are going to be raped anyway why not make sure you get ood in the bargain By aligning yourself with a Russian of higher rank you could perhaps have him protect you rom indiscriminate raping But to understand the world she was living in you must read her words When this book the world she was living in you must read her words When this book out it was the women who were accused of bad behavior The author was a survivor I respect this woman She was a journalist She was well educated She had traveled through Europe She knew Russian All of this is evident in her diary writing She used her head and she survived How can you look down on such a person How can you criticize her if you have no idea what she has experienced You can only understand her choices by what she has experienced You can only understand her choices by her diary writings And the ending When her boyfriend comes back he doesn t understand her actions He too thinks she has degraded herself We do not know if eventually they can bridge this incomprehension of what each has experienced in the war I was so happy before her boyfriend came back She had survived I was so dam proud of her I was crushed by his incomprehension If he had read the book he would maybe understand what she had gone through If you read the book you will understand what she went through If you read the book you will not judge others too uickly I don t think this book is terribly sad or depressing I am so happy she survived Dam she is some strong woman this author Marta Hillers She has let us see what happened to her I admire her or surviving I am so very glad she shared her experiences with us I thoroughly understand her wish that the book have an anonymous author while she livedOne does not read this book to ind out if her boyfriend comes back For this reason I do not think my telling you this is a spoiler Only those of you wanting to understand another human being should bother to read this book You have to want to get into their being You have to want to become them in an effort to understand them and what they lived through There is a little boy at the end of the book who sees an old horse pulling a cart He turns to his mother and says Mutti can we
the horse Earlier in the another horse was still moving when he was cut into by hungry Berliners Have you ever been that hungry Do you have any idea how their world was Do you want to understand their world Read the book Be very careful before you judge another human being s behavior I must add this Although the subject matter is not light the way the author expresses herself will make you smile She calls herself the automatic walking machine as she trudges to work This author can write I wish I could copy parts of the book to show you but I cannot use both Vocatex and Zoomtex at the same time I need Vocatex to read the book and Zoomtex to write my review When I am writing the review I cannot read the book so no uotes This is so annoying to me. On was published ive years later in Geneva and was met with tremendous controversy In 2003 over orty years later it was republished in Germany to critical acclaim and controversy This diary has been unavailable since the 1960s and is now newly translated into English A Woman in Berlin is an astonishing and deeply affecting accou.
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Hurts most what reminds us of the depravity in mankind She gave instruction to not publish these pages again until after her death which arrived in 2001 But this is a timeless book because women are being used and abused as the spoils of wars today Witness Bosnia and Kosovo Darfur Ira and the list goes on to include every battle in which man has raised a weapon himself becoming a weapon of destruction Essential reading Although this book was and still is published anonymously in 2003 the author was identified as Marta Hillers a journalist who had died two years previously at the age of 90 She was cultured well travelled multilingual and 34 years old when she wrote this diary which covers only 58 days It was irst published in 1954 in English then our years later in German They really hated it in GermanyWiki uotes a German author Hans Magnus Enzensberger about the book s reception and it s worth repeating here German readers were obviously not ready to ace some uncomfortable truths German women were not supposed to talk about the reality of rapes and German men preferred not to be seen as impotent onlookers when the victorious Russians claimed their spoils of war The author s attitude was an aggravating actor devoid of self pity with a clear eyed view of her compatriots behavior before and after the Nazi regime s collapse everything she wrote lew in the Camp Rex face of the reigning post war complacency and amnesiaAfter that she would not allow the book to be published again She had been abused by a whole new bunch of people So it had to wait another 50 years until her death and a new translation and then only then could people take the harsh truth she was recordingWe her present readers have to deal with theact that Marta Hillers worked or the Nazis throughout the war but as Wiki says kindly I suppose she was probably not a member of the Nazi Party In Samuel Richardson s Pamela in Bram Stoker s Dracula in Liaisons Dangereuses and a thousand other epistolatory novels the reader s credulity is strained by the characters continually inding the time in their busy adventures to write a detail crammed account of the exciting events of the day It s one of those literary devices that has always seemed completely unrealistic to me But this book appears to prove it can and has been done just like that During the longeurs between being bombed scavenging Touch of Enchantment forood and being attacked by Russian soldiers Marta Hiller writes with pinpoint immediacy and with remarkable When Dads Don't Grow Up fluency A TRUTH ABOUT WAR INSTEAD OF THE USUAL EVASIONS AND EUPHEMISMSHere is the truth soldiers all of themrom commanders down to the lowly infantry who conuer enemy territory regard the rape of women as their right They don t even stop to consider the concept of rape It s not rape to the soldiers it s payback Miles from Kara for what the enemy did to their sisters daughters and wives maybe but also mostly it s just because they want to There is no such thing as military discipline in the chaos of an advancingront line In most cases there is a deliberate policy of allowing wholesale rape Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, for various reasons let the men blow off some steam relax take a little pleasure and let the enemyeel our wrath You heard about the sack of Rome the all of Troy the collapse of the Third Reich all these big yet soothingly distant words sack all collapse But this diary gives you the hour by hour of what actually happens when an invading army ights through your city street by street and engulfs your own street Then what happens to the civilians If you re emale you are expecting to be raped Maybe you can stash your daughter in some hideyhole Maybe you can dress as a man Maybe you can use make up to make yourself look older That s ironic right The older ones over 50 say can be glad High Heat for theiraded looks All other emales expect their turn will come It usually doesn t come by rough seizing what happens is that a couple of soldiers just turn up at your door push it open and invite you to sit down or a couple of riendly drinks They re smiling they re happy souls look they have brought vodka there s no reason to become alarmed Or one will turn up around ten at night looking or a place to to become alarmed Or one turn up unannounced around ten at night looking or a place to It s your bed he has in mind not the sofaWhat Marta does and what we imagine other resourceful women doing or trying to do is after the irst onslaught by drunken suaddies A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas find herself a protector an officer type who she will allow to rape her regularly on the understanding that he will keep others away This works until the hurly burly of the war drags herirst Russian officer away she has to get a new one pronto or the suaddies will be back And so it goes Outside the war is still on And we have a new morning and evening prayer For all of this we thank the Fuhrer A line we know rom the years before the war when it was printed in praise and thanksgiving on thousands of posters proclaimed in speeches Today the exact same words have precisely the opposite meaning ull of scorn and derision I believe that s what s called a dialectic conversionWhen civil society was restored this treatment of women as sex slaves aded away when the German men came back to Berlin and elsewhere and patched together their domestic life they didn t want to hear a single word about what had happened in their absence The whole subject of rape was buried by Mutual Consent Just In consent Just in like the crime of child abuse neither the victim nor the perp ever wants to talk about it I can t recommend this book it s beautifully written but it s just so grim Men will be depressed to get so strongly the sense. Rapes the rationing of ood and the overwhelming terror of death are rendered in the dispassionate though determinedly optimistic prose of a woman ighting or survival amidst the horror and inhumanity of war This diary was irst published in America in 1954 in an English translation and in Britain in 1955 A German language editi. .
The end of World War Two was not the same all over Germany It was uite civilized in the West where the Americans and the British approached Don't Hex with Texas fought and eventually occupied It was anything but civilized in the East where the Russians came There were significant differences between the Western occupyingorces namely the Americans and the British and the Russians Yes most of the Russians soldiers and even officers were primitive olks many of which country population of the vast Russian prairies with their average education level ar below that of the American and the British soldiers Yes it was also in their culture that is if you wish to call this culture that the victors loot the conuered areas rob the defeated and rape their women Yet one cannot only account the behavior of the Russians to them being uneducated primitive and if you wish to say so animal like One should never Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation forget how the German soldiers members of a nation of poets and thinkers members of what they had been made to believe a master race had acted in Russia when invading the country without any provocation They had just simply acted like pigs No I ll take this back I don t want to insult pigs Ok not all German soldiers had acted like that But plenty of them They had not only robbed poor peasants of their livelihood that is their livestock their meagerood storage and uite often their last loaf of bread leaving them to starve they had also murdered civilians of all ages including children and they had brutally raped women and killed some right afterSo what kind of behavior would someone expect Pajama Party from a Russian soldier whose wife sister andor daughter had been raped by invading German soldiers andor whose whole or partialamily had been murdered or left to starve Women remaining in Berlin left with next to none supplies and with no possibility to leave the city got the brunt of this Russian behavior For the actual contents of this book please read the description of this book You might also wish to read about Marta Hillers the assumed author of this book which was and still is published with Anonymus as author Here is the link to Wikipedia s entry on Marta Hillers reading this book I now understand why my grandmother who wasn t particularly religious was praying every night that the Americans would arrive at our town before the Russians would get here Again I have no intention to vilify the Russians Btw my husband is 14 Russian His paternal grandfather was an officer POW in the First World War He was assigned to slave labor on the Bunco Babes Tell All farm where my husband s grandmother was thearmer s daughterWho are THE Russians anyway Who are THE Germans Who are THE AmericansTHE Russians are the Berlin rapists they are Tolstoy they are Ivan the Terrible they are Dostoyevsky they are Putin they are the Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi fabulous dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet they are my Russian Goodreadsriends they are my husband s grandfatherTHE Germans are Hitler and the Nazis they are Goethe and Schiller they are Angela Merckl they are my nice and also my nasty previous German neighbors they are my Bringing the Outside In friend Mariele who was one of my dying mother s caregivers and who purchased a mistreated mountain lionrom a pimp and drove some thousand miles until she could inally deliver the animal to a zoo that would take itTHE Americans are George Washington they are Mark Twain they are Richard Nixon they are John Steinbeck they are my beloved Barrack Obama they are the irst American GI I saw who gave me the piece of chocolate he had in his pocket and my mother the ish he had just caught they Are Our Pious Mormon Neighbors And They Are Donald Trump our pious Mormon neighbors and they are Donald Trump the addle brained masses who voted or him When we speak of war Close to Hugh fatalities of those who haveallen of those who have offered themselves up as sacrifices Women and Self Esteem for the purpose of but to what purpose We think ofallen soldiers on the battlefield yet Toy to Toy (Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3) far behind thoseront lines that so often are saluted in honor with parades and holidays are the women Throughout the history of humankind women of all ages have been treated as the prize of the conuerer To the winner go the spoils and the spoils are women A Woman in Berlin is a journal kept over a two month period of time in 1945 when Berlin was overtaken by the Russian Soviet Army The author dubbed simply Anonymous is rud to be a German woman named Marta well educated perhaps a journalist who has seen much of the world but not in this way For eight weeks she chronicles the battle of the woman in war Over 100000 women are raped over this 8 week period in Berlin Not once but over and over again The diarist writes of this time in a way that perhaps only a journalist could keeping emotions in check remaining clear eyed intelligence evident apparently using her writing as a tool of survival If the horrors of war are indescribable the horrors of what women have had to endure as the human spoils of wars over time has had little examination little if any punishment arguably this behavior has even been encouraged and even less understanding This book is important reading to anyone wishing to understand war Any war Who will pin purple hearts on these women or their Suffering And Degradation Who Can and degradation Who can the wounds that never heal and their lifelong conseuences to invidividuals and to societies These are the unsung heroes who are orced to submit yet so often rise up irst to rebuild what war has torn apart homes amilies lives The Catch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life first time this diary was published it was not received as the heroic work of a survivor The diarist was ostracized because so often people turn awayrom and deny what. Between April 20th and June 22nd of 1945 the anonymous author of A Woman in Berlin wrote about life within the alling city as it was sacked by the Russian Army Fending off the boredom and deprivation of hiding the author records her experiences observations and meditations in this stark and vivid diary Accounts of the bombing the.