IBNA- An anonymous memoir by a German woman, revealed in 2003 to be journalist ‎Marta Hillers, 'A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City' (1959) has been ‎published in Persian. ‎
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Described as a devastating book a matter-of-fact which makes no attempt to score political points, 'A Woman in Berlin' has been translated into Persian by Siamand Zandi. No Publishing has released the book in 382 pages.
 
It covers the events from 20 April to 22 June 1945, during the capture of Berlin and its occupation by the Red Army. The writer describes the widespread rapes by Soviet soldiers, including her own, and the women's pragmatic approach to survival, often taking Soviet officers for protection.
 
For eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in her apartment building and among its residents. "With bald honesty and brutal lyricism" (Elle), the anonymous author depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity, as well as their cravenness, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians.
 
"Spare and unpredictable, minutely observed and utterly free of self-pity" (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), ‘A Woman in Berlin’ tells of the complex relationship between civilians and an occupying army and the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject to abuses suffered by all, regardless of age or infirmity.
 
The first English edition appeared in 1954 in the United States, where it was very successful, and was followed rapidly by translations into Dutch, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish, Japanese and now Persian. When finally published in German in 1959, the book was either "ignored or reviled" in Germany. The author refused to have another edition published in her lifetime.
 
The book was adapted as a 2008 German feature film, directed by Max Färberböck and starring Nina Hoss. It was released as ‘A Woman in Berlin’.   
 
Story Code : 316904
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