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The Last Jews in Berlin

Narrated by: David de Vries
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: History, Europe

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When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, approximately 160,000 Jews called Berlin home. By 1943 less than 5,000 remained in the nation's capital, the epicenter of Nazism, and by the end of the war, that number had dwindled to 1,000. All the others had died in air raids, starved to death, committed suicide, or been shipped off to the death camps. 

In this captivating and harrowing book, Leonard Gross details the real-life stories of a dozen Jewish men and women who spent the final 27 months of World War II underground, hiding in plain sight, defying both the Gestapo and, even worse, Jewish "catchers" ready to report them to the Nazis in order to avoid the gas chambers themselves. A teenage orphan, a black-market jewel trader, a stylish young designer, and a progressive intellectual were among the few who managed to survive. Through their own resourcefulness, bravery, and at times, sheer luck, these Jews managed to evade the tragic fates of so many others. 

Gross has woven these true stories of perseverance into a heartbreaking, suspenseful, and moving account with the narrative force of a thriller. Compiled from extensive interviews, The Last Jews in Berlin reveals these individuals' astounding determination, against all odds, to live each day knowing it could be their last.

©1992 Leonard Gross (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 04-08-2020

Heartbreaking but inspiring

How anyone could have survived living in the epicenter of Hitler's world for more than 10 years is simply impossible to believe. The first hand accounts of life during those times in that awful place is nothing less than inspiring.

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  • Mitch
  • 29-06-2020

Fascinating Stories - Too many characters

Each chapter has a story of a Jew using all kinds of ingenuity to survive in the Nazi catastrophe. It is very interesting on the different paths to survival each Jew uses to escape the Holocaust. However, there are simply too many characters discussed and one can lose track of what is happening to whom.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-2020

Loved it

Incredibly informative. Captivating and exciting at times. Sad, terrible and terrifying many other times. The only problem is the numerous characters in the book with distinctive stories would be very difficult and confusing to seperate for audio beginners. You might wanna repeat some chapters to accurately follow the story.

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  • F & F PURCHASING GROUP
  • 17-07-2019

Gives new insight into a terrible time in history

This book tells the story of people surviving against unimaginable odds during a terrible time in history. I am not finished with the book, but so far it has been a very interesting read... Rather than a depressing rehash of the horrors of the Nazis and wartime in general, it tells the personal efforts of those who risked everything to help the many Jews who decided to (or were forced to) stay in Berlin. It is uplifting to hear of the selfless bravery of the characters...engrossing and very well narrated.