My Wounded Heart. The Life of Lilli Jahn 1900-1944

My Wounded Heart. The Life of Lilli Jahn 1900-1944

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ISBN13: 9780747570462
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"My Wounded Heart" tells the heart-breaking story of a gifted Jewish doctor, the mother of five children, who, after being divorced by her Aryan husband, is arrested on an absurd charge and sent to a corrective labour camp in 1942. Lilli was a prolific letter writer and miraculously almost all her letters to her children and friends, together with a huge number of their letters to her (smuggled out of the camp at Breitenau before she was sent to Auschwitz), survived the Second World War and only came to light on the death of her son in 1998. In the letters and in Martin Doerry's superb commentary, we see the deterioration of a whole country through the eyes of an ordinary family driven asunder by pressure from the Nazi regime. We see Lilli's initial optimism and love of her husband begin to crack. We see her trying to support and run the family home from Breitenau camp, but relying totally on her twelve-year-old daughter, Ilse. And we see the difficulties for the children of living with their father's mistress, now his wife, after a bombing raid destroys the family home. And perhaps most moving of all, we see Ilse's heroic attempts to meet her mother, even though it means going into the labour camp itself, and Lilli's courage in the face of her inevitable end.

Type Book
Number Of Pages 288
Item Height 32 mm
Item Width 154 mm
Item Weight 661 Gram
Product Dimensions 154 x 32 x 236
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardcover | 288
Book Overview The story of a Jewish mother and her children in Hitler's Germany More than 100,000 copies sold in Germany; translation rights sold in 15 countries Caused a sensation on publication in German, when it was compared to the Anne Frank and Victor Klemperer diaries

Martin Doerry was born in 1955. He studied German literature and History in Tubingen and Zurich, and completed his PhD in Modern History. He has worked at Der Spiegel since 1987 and was appointed Deputy Editor In Chief in 1998.