Battleground Berlin: Diaries 1945-1948

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Battleground Berlin: Diaries 1945-1948

By Ruth Andreas-Friedrich
Paragon House, 1990
261 pp. $18.95

A record of Berlin life from the end of World War II-the rubble, the fear, the Russian vengeance-to the beginning of the division of the city and the Cold War. Andreas-Friedrich belonged to an anti-Nazi group and one of her themes is contained in the words of her best friend, a fellow resister, who was accidentally shot by a British patrol: "It's much easier to be in solidarity against something than for something." Poignant, immediate impressions of hunger, confusion, bitterness and very little hope.

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