National bestseller: This “harrowing” true story of two Jewish families who survived hiding in the heart of the Nazi capital “honors the human spirit” (Andrea Dworkin).
In January 1943, unable to flee Germany, the four members of the Arndt family went underground to avoid deportation to Auschwitz. Ellen Lewinsky and her mother, Charlotte, joined them; a year later, Bruno Gumpel arrived. Hiding in a small factory near Hitler’s bunker, without identification cards or food-ration stamps, they were dependent on German strangers for survival.
When Russian soldiers finally rescued the group in April 1945, the families were near death from starvation. But their will to live triumphed and two months later, four of the survivors—Erich Arndt and Ellen Lewinsky, and Ruth Arndt and Bruno Gumpel—reunited in a double wedding ceremony.
Survival in the Shadows chronicles the previously untold story of the largest group of German Jews to have survived hiding in Berlin through the final and most deadly years of the Holocaust.
Relayed to Barbara Lovenheim by three survivors from the group, the riveting story is a touching portrayal of the bravery of these seven Jews, and a heartfelt acknowledgment of the fortitude and humanity of the compassionate Germans who kept them alive.
Survivor in the Shadows
I can’t even begin to fathom what all of these people went through.
Survival in the Shadows
Few books of this genre had me so engaged in reading about the experiences of these entertwined people. They were amazing at balancing so many things between so many helpful people. I still can’t quite believe how many struggles they encountered and the miracles that kept them safe. I cheered when Erich and Bruno beat up their former boss. What a pathetic, sniveling punk. I also enjoyed hearing of their lives after emigrating to America. They were really grateful for all that they achieved. Great book.