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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Unusual Story told with great poignancy, 3. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945 (Taschenbuch)
The first thing which told me that this would be a very different story was the background of the author. After all there weren't many White Russian Princesses who were working in the German Foreign Service in the turbulent years of the second world war. It must have indeed been very trying times for the author and her family when the Germans were still allied to the Russians, and the constant threat of being deported loomed over their heads. Marie Wassilitchikow's diary is written with clarity and feeling. Some points, I feel however were not properly reflected on. On the subject of Subhas Chandra Bose, the introductory lines say that Hitler completely thwarted the aims of Bose. That is by far a very simplified comment. It is true that Hitler did make Bose's life very difficult. But Hitler could never thwart the aims of a freedom fighter of Bose's stature. The explaination to that lies in subcontinental Asian politics and not in Europe. And lastly the Indian Legion did accomplish many things, but mostly in Asia, fighting to free their homeland, in Europe also a few units did take part in the Normandy Campaign. So again, to completely write off the Indian Legion is too vague a comment. Apart from this the diary was brilliant and told with great insight, it showed the growing stress of the writer as the war went on. Many of those she knew became casualties of the war. Among them her close friends like Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, who was at the time of his death in January 1944 the leading nightfighter ace of Germany. Many others perished as Marie tried to make sense of what was happening in those trying times. All in all, a captivating story told with great poignancy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extrordinary, 12. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945 (Taschenbuch)
This is one of the most extrordinary books I've ever read. Missy Vassiltchikov was friends with several of the key conspiritors in the attempt to assasinate Hitler, including Count Graf Van Der Schellenberg and Adam Von Trot zu Holz. It is amazing that given her close relationship with the conspiritors (even after their arrest!) that Missy Vasiltchikov escaped arrest and exectution herself. What's more amazing is that she kept a diary of her relationship with these people and documented her own desire to see Hitler eliminated. She filed these pages with the normal dispatches and documents of her civil service job and amazingly was never discovered.
I enjoyed this book as a primary source and for the amazing exposure it provides of the conspiracty to assasinate Hitler. But I also enjoyed the writing--which is quite good--and the details of Missy Vasiltchikov's life, which are quite extrordinary.
This book isn't for everyone, but if you're interested in modern German history, or in a story of courage and survival then I recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A captivating piece of work, 2. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945 (Taschenbuch)
I am now 80% through reading this book and I can't put it down. It is an amazing description of the day-to-day life of a well-connected Russian princess who lived in Berlin from 1940 til the end of the war. The people that she met and lived with come alive through the description of her thoughts and actions on an almost daily basis. The author knew almost everyone who was worth knowing in Berlin during that period. How she survived the bombing and the Nazi purge of the conspirators who attempted to kill Hitler in July 1944 are most interesting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An insightful look into life in Berlin during WWII, 28. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945 (Taschenbuch)
This book offers an insightful look into life in Berlin during WWII. It also offers a look at a lifestyle which no longer exists in Europe. This is an "insiders" look into life with the Nazis. While most of us are fully familiar with the Holocaust and its results for the Jews and other groups, this book gives us another perspective of Germany and Hitler and his Nazis. Additionally, we get a view of life among the royalty of Europe as it no longer exists. Interesting and thought provoking.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A truly memorable exploration of personal history., 20. April 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945 (Taschenbuch)
This is one of the best books I have ever read, bringing history vividly to life and brilliantly shedding light on the human condition, on the way we adapt to change. It is incredible to think this was written by someone who was not a writer and, sadly, by a woman who never published any other work and didn't live to see the publication of this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing, vivid piece of history, 13. Juni 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945 (Taschenbuch)
One of the finest books I've ever read. I've passed it along to friends and family and they, too, have been impressed by it. The writer's fine eye for detail really brings this diary to life. Read it and ask yourself what you would have done in her place.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Living History, 16. Mai 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945 (Taschenbuch)
This is the best history book I have ever read. Exciting and almost too real, you are, indeed, there.
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