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A thrilling piece of undiscovered history, this is the true account of a young Jewish woman who survived World War II in Berlin.

In 1941, Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Berliner, made an extraordinary decision. All around her, Jews were being rounded up for deportation, forced labor, and extermination. Marie took off her yellow star, turned her back on the Jewish community, and vanished into the city.

In the years that followed, Marie lived under an assumed identity, forced to accept shelter wherever she found it. Always on the run, never certain whom she could trust, Marie moved between almost twenty different safe-houses, living with foreign workers, staunch communists, and even committed Nazis. Only her quick-witted determination and the most hair-raising strokes of luck allowed her to survive.

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  • Marie Jalowicz Simon transports the reader right to wartime Berlin. Even seventy years later, her voice is young, fresh, and gripping. Her story is by turns funny, wise, and horrific. I felt like she was reaching out to me across time and I couldn't help but fall in love with her. Despite the incredible dangers she faced living underground in Nazi Berlin, Marie's story is incredibly life-affirming and at times, even joyful. Clara Kramer, author of Clara's War
  • An absolutely gripping account of one young woman's struggle to escape deportation at the hands of the Nazis and of those who helped her. Marie Jalowicz-Simon details for the first time with total honesty the harsh sexual politics of survival in the Berlin underground. Thomas Ertman, New York University, author of Birth of the Leviathan
  • “The most extraordinary memoir of World War II I’ve ever encountered.”

    Washington Post

  • “Captivating…Jalowicz’s story is unquestionably tragic in so many ways, but is also full of miracles, hope, and a future.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Ellen Archer is solid as narrator, making this first-person work sound like she’s talking rather than reading, which is important, as the book is a transcription of lengthy oral interviews. The author recounts her experiences as a forced laborer in a war-related factory and her life as an ‘underground’ (undetected) Jew amid the deportations to the concentration camps. Archer doesn’t overly dramatize passages, but she does adopt an appropriate tone of gravity. For the few humorous incidents she uses a lighter tone. The author’s incredible memory makes her story come to life.”

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  • A Washington Post Notable Book of 2015
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