Underground in Berlin

A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany

Publisher: Vintage Canada
By turns thrilling and terrifying, Underground in Berlin is the autobiographical account of a young Jewish woman who ripped off her yellow star and survived the war by going underground from 1942 to 1945.

Berlin, 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordinary decision. All around her, Jews are being rounded up for deportation, forced labour and extermination. Marie decides to survive. She takes off the yellow star, turns her back on the Jewish community and vanishes into the city.
     In the years that follow, Marie lives under an assumed identity, moving between almost 20 different safe houses. She is forced to accept shelter wherever she can find it, and many of those she stays with expect services in return. She stays with foreign workers, committed communists and even convinced Nazis. Any false move might lead to arrest. Never certain who can be trusted and how far, it is her quick-witted determination and the most amazing and hair-raising strokes of luck that ensure her survival.
Underground in Berlin is Marie's extraordinary story, told in her own voice with unflinching honesty, for the first time after more than 50 years of silence.


Praise for Underground in Berlin:
"[Underground in Berlin] is a memorably good book, and Jalowicz's voice--perceptive, humane, determined--comes across on every page." Caroline Moorehead, The Guardian
"Few Jews who went underground in Berlin survived. Fewer still have told their stories. [Underground in Berlin] is a significant addition to Second World War history. . . . This account of one Jew's survival in Nazi Germany will remain with readers long after they have turned the last page." Adelia Neufeld Wiens, Winnipeg Free Press
"A crisp, detailed memoir. . . . A coolly told story of a harrowing time and a young woman's struggle to survive." Kirkus Reviews
"Absolutely gripping. . . . 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
"Described here with penetrating insight and frankness . . . with delicious, novelistic detail." Maclean's