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An Underground Life: Memoirs Of A Gay Jew In Nazi Berlin
Transcript of An Underground Life: Memoirs Of A Gay Jew In Nazi Berlin
This is basically the story of Gad, the author, who survived
the Holocaust. He had a lot of connection in Berlin and Switzerland, that help him survive, even though he was arrested at the very end of the war. With these connections he helped people escape to Switzerland. A lot of what he did at the time was officially illegal. It is also about him figuring out his sexuality. There were some important sexual relationships that helped him tolerate what was going on in the outside world.
Characters and point of view and setting
Other friends and relatives
Berlin, Germany 1920s-1945
Symbols and Themes
Star of David
treating people humanly
valuing whats right over whats legal
Quotes and Recommendation
3 "There’s something still in there she announced dryly and sent the maid off to call back the doctor he was back in no time reached inside and agreed there’s another one”.
66 “The Rosenthal’s considered themselves relatively safe since the fathers first wife had been a Christian and they’d even had a child. But that turned out not to be the case”.
163 “I raised my hand wearily. He looked at us and announced solemnly, Brider, ir zayt fray! Brothers, you are free”1
I would recommend this book because it tells the story of someone who experienced World War 2 and the holocaust very differently than others, due to the fact that is half Jewish and gay. He was fortunate enough to not be taken to a concentration camp. These elements mixed together tells a unique, fascinating story.