In the Shadow of Silence

In the Shadow of Silence

From Hitler Youth to Allied Internment : A Young Woman's Story of Truth and Denial

Book - 2002
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In the Shadow of Silence is the candid account of an ordinary young woman's extraordinary journey through the collapse of the Third Reich, arrest and internment as a political prisoner of the British Army of the Rhine.

Through a series of poignant vignettes, the author describes what it was like to grow up in Nazi Germany, to witness Hitler Youth, anti-Semitism, Kristallnacht, carpet-bombing and mandatory labor service. Like millions of other Germans, her everyday life was directed and controlled by the absolute power of the National Socialist state. As the air war wore on, survival became the only imperative.

Gertrud Mackprang Baer was a 19-year-old medical student at the University of Marburg, Germany, when, in 1944, the ongoing war forced the closure of all universities. To avoid compulsory labor ina munitions factory, she naively accepted a position with the Sicherheitsdienst (SD), one of Hitler's shadowy and most dangerous SS-organizations.

Although the Third Reich and the power of the SS-state stood on the fervent support of some 80 million Germans and Austrians, Gertrud Mackprang Baer became deeply troubled by their instant and collective tendency to deny any involvement in the Hitler era. With the mass deception permeating every facet of the social and political culture of the new German state, In the Shadow of Silence bears true witness to an exceptional era, by one who was there.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : HarperCollins Publishers, c2002
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780002000932
Branch Call Number: 943.086092 Baer 3558ad 1
Characteristics: x, 326 p. :,ill


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Rachelene Dec 31, 2009

A book to read for anyone who wants to have a feel of how it is to live and grow in a totalitarian state that invades each and every aspect of life. Mrs. Baer writing is fluid and very easy to read, and mixes personal reminescences with attempts at understanding what she was experiencing in Totalitarian NaZi germany, including wartime Germany and subsequent occupation and denazification. A primary historical/autobiographical document full of insight which reminds all of us how fortunate we are to live here in this place and time.

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