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A young woman survives in Berlin 1940 - 1945

Berlin 1942: Arrest by the Gestapo is imminent. The young Marie Jalowicz wants to live and goes into hiding. More than 50 years later, Marie Jalowicz tells Simon her whole story for the first time. 77 tapes are created - they are the basis of this unique story. Edited by Irene Stratenwerth and Hermann Simon.



»In that winter of 1941 I felt the threat like a noose around my neck that was getting tighter and tighter. I wanted to save myself, but I didn't know how. I was afraid. More precisely: the fear had me. “She grabbed me and was choking me,” is how she describes her decision to hide before she was deported.


Marie Jalowicz describes openly and mercilessly what it means to make it through day after day in National Socialist Berlin: She needs false papers, safe hiding places and, above all, people to help her. She tries in vain to escape through a fake marriage with a Chinese man; another time she travels to Bulgaria in order to flee from there to Palestine. But she has to return to Berlin. She finds shelter in the artistic milieu and lives with a Dutch foreign worker. Her unusual courage and quick wit save her again and again - the authentic report of an extraordinary young woman whose unconditional will to live could not be broken by anything.


In conversation: Hermann Simon and Benno Simoni, board members of Bet Haskala - independent synagogue community in Berlin.


Moderation: Nathan Friedenberg, Head of Remembrance Culture and History and Head of the Center Museum.


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