Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

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Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

By Marie Vassiltchikov
Knopf, 1987
324 pp. $19.95

Memoirs of a young Russian princess who sees the Third Reich in wartime from the position of privileged aristocracy. Some of her close friends and some of her superiors at the German Foreign Office, where she worked, became the heroes of the 20th-of-July plot against Hitler, and on this aspect as on the horrors of bombings and wartime deprivations she is a superb, immediate witness. She says almost nothing about the Nazi atrocities-an unwitting witness to an even greater silence. An extraordinary record, one of the best from wartime Germany.

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