A Past in Hiding

Memory and Survival in Nazi Germany

Mark Roseman

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A heart-stopping survivor story and brilliant historical investigation that offers unprecedented insight into daily life in the Third Reich and the powers and pitfalls of memory.

At the outbreak of WWII, Marianne Strauss, the sheltered daughter of well-to-do German Jews, was an ordinary girl, concerned with studies, friends, and romance. Almost overnight she was transformed into a woman of spirit and defiance, a fighter who, when the Gestapo came for her family, seized the moment and went underground. On the run for two years, Marianne traveled across Nazi Germany without papers, aided by a remarkable resistance organization, previously unknown and unsung. Drawing on an astonishing cache of documents as well as interviews on three continents, historian Mark Roseman reconstructs Marianne's odyssey and reveals aspects of life in the Third Reich long hidden from view. As Roseman excavates the past, he also puts forward a new and sympathetic interpretation of the troubling discrepancies between fact and recollection that so often cloud survivors' accounts.

A detective story, a love story, a story of great courage and survival under the harshest conditions, A Past in Hiding is also a poignant investigation into the nature of memory, authenticity, and truth.

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"I don't know of any other book about a Holocaust survivor... able to provide documentation from so many angles...Wonderfully rich, detailed, and vivid, with an extraordinary and gripping narrative." (Richard Evans, author of In Defense of History)

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Mark Roseman

Mark Roseman teaches modern history at the University of Southhampton in England and has published widely on many aspects of twentieth-century German history. He lives in Birmingham, England.

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A Past in Hiding
Memory and Survival in Nazi Germany
Mark Roseman

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
April 2014
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ISBN: 9781466868311
ISBN10: 1466868317
416 pages, 49 b&w illustrations
$7.99
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