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Aimée & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943

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Unique, moving, and true - this radiant love story is set against the horrific backdrop of World War II Nazi Germany. When Lilly "Aimee" Wust, a gentile mother of four and wife of a Nazi officer, met Felice "Jaguar" Schragenheim, a Jew living underground in Berlin, neither could have guessed that their brief initial encounter would develop into a blazing, devoted love. As ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Alyson Books (first published 1994)
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Eva
Jun 03, 2010 Eva rated it it was amazing
Although I agree with all the criticisms lobbed at this book by other reviewers below, I nonetheless give it 5 stars because it fascinated me, due simply to the heartbreaking, scandalous, and improbable tale underlying it.

As others have written, Aimee may be flighty and appear not take the plight of her lover seriously, but I feel it is easy to judge her retrospectively. I don't believe she behaves differently than many people in the throes of a deep infatuation; however, given that she is infat
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Anja
Mar 06, 2013 Anja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was amazing.. I came to this book from the movie, and while I started to read it imagining the actresses of the movie as the characters in the book, I ended up with having the real pictures of Aimée and Jaguar in my head while reading (there are heartbreakingly good photos of them at the end of the book). at times it was tough, cause even though I knew how this tragic story was gonna end, I was still hoping, together with Aimée. the most tragic thing about this book though is that Jaguar's fa ...more
Bill
Mar 18, 2015 Bill rated it liked it

Wonderful! 3.5/5 STARS

How fortuitous that I should read this book three weeks before the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision on same sex marriage! I’m unclear how it landed on my To Read shelf … I think Amazon’s (Goodread’s parent company) algorithms suggested it to me while I was reading the Miseducation of Cameron Post. (I loved that story too!)

Anyway, I’m usually not drawn to love stories or romances but this one piqued my interest with great earnest. My unending fascination with
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Alaina
Aug 14, 2008 Alaina rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, womens-history
I put off reading this book for six years, because I expected to be emotionally devastated. The story should be devastating. I'm not sure why, when I finally read it, I more or less responded with an emotional shrug. Is it the poor translation? Perhaps the original author was a less-than-compelling writer? I cannot pinpoint it. I suspect the answer may lie in the epilogue, where Erica Fischer tells about her experience researching the book. She was frustrated, eventually even hostile towards the ...more
Matthew
As with any WWII story involving a Jewish person living in Germany, it's bound to be sad. I felt connected to the characters, but the author's style really made this a tough read. The story was set up like a documentary, only in book form. There would be bits of prose, excerpts of diaries and letters and then straight dialogues from interviews. These elements were not synthesized in a way that made reading it enjoyable.
This is a story of a young German mother who meets a Jewish woman and begins
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Linn
Oct 28, 2016 Linn rated it it was amazing
I dont even know where to start with this. But all I can say that this story was both soo beautiful, heartbreaking and terrifying! I actually started it this summer, and then had to take a break because it made me feel too much, seriously. I highly recommend it and Its such an important story, and these women deserve to have their story told. But I also have to say that reading about what all these people went through during this time, all the loss, hate and fear, made me sick. So I needed to ta ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The World War II time period is one of my favorites to read about and study, so I was very curious to read this title. While I do not think the author's writing was very good (quite dry and boring), the story was astounding. In none of my other reading, courses or film watching have I heard a story from a similar lens. The lesbian angle is new of course, but so were all of the details about the Jews who managed to keep living underground (as it were) in Berlin throughout the conflict.

Much of the
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Rachael Eyre
Jul 23, 2013 Rachael Eyre rated it liked it
I've wanted to read this for years- I came across the story in a magazine and found it heartbreaking. So to say I feel disillusioned is something of an understatement.

My 3 star rating is solely for the love story and the girls themselves. What I found very difficult to swallow was the author's clear dislike/disdain for Lily- a nice attitude for a biographer! Yes, I can understand her anger towards Germans of the period, but seeing as Lily went some way towards redeeming herself, I found her host
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Chueca
May 07, 2012 Chueca rated it it was amazing
A summer read that did not disappoint. I loved loved loved Aimee and Jaguar's dedication to one another through the medium of letters. I am so thankful these survived to give the story the unique taste of the past. LETTERS! I wish more people wrote letters, they are such a real declaration of the present moment what ever that moment maybe. I have to go further and say they the movie that is based on this book is also really great. But, the book is a MUST. What brave women they are to have loved ...more
Stacey (wanderlustforwords67)
3.25-3.5

A book who's content is worthy of reading. Aimee and Jaguar is a true story, and a fascinating, it records a love story between two women in the middle of WWII Berlin. It's crazy just to think about that without hearing any particular, but when one discovers that one woman is married to a Nazi and one is a Jewess. Lilly Wust (Aimee) is married to a Nazi officer, and a mother of 4, Felice (Jaquar) is a Jewish woman living underground (they were referred to as Uboats). They meet through a
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Elyse
Jan 07, 2017 Elyse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This could have been a good book. But, it moves very very slow and i find my mind drifting away. Just csnt finish it. And, i love a good lesbian romance!

April
Jun 22, 2015 April rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals, loved, lgbt
"I would rather experience great unhappiness and be destroyed by it than live in moderate happiness to a moderate end."

I am deeply unnerved by this book and sadly disappointed.

First, I absolutely adored this story, and I hate myself for hyping it up so much after watching the movie. After hunting down the English edition for so long (sadly my Deutsch is, admittedly, too scheiße to read the original German, despite my many years of study), I suppose I simply had too many great expectations.

Fu
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Sarah D
Jan 10, 2011 Sarah D rated it liked it
The author didn't do this story justice! Should have been much more heart breaking and emotional but she tells the story in such a matter-of-fact way. The cool thing about this book is reading the actual love letters and poems that Aimée and Jaguar wrote to each other when Jaguar is in the concentration camp.
Denise
Dec 23, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2015
As intriguing as it is heartbreaking, this true and tragic lovestory of two women - one a Jew in hiding, the other a Nazi officer's wife - is a fascinating and deeply touching read.
Tamika Caston
Dec 07, 2008 Tamika Caston rated it it was amazing
Stunning memoire regarding love found during the Holocaust between a Nazi's wife and a Jewish woman on the run.
JJ
Nov 09, 2016 JJ rated it it was amazing
It's about love and by that I mean true love! Truest love.
It makes you sense more about love itself. While reading it I kept writing my loved ones everyday, just to make sure that they know.
Both women are extremly strong and fight for who they love and don't care about what this meant that time. They are both an example of how strong and brave you become when you love truly.

As German myself I feel even closer to this story.
Some passages tell about the cruelty of the past, which are terrifying -
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Lindsay Heller
I don't know where I picked this book up, but it has been sitting on my shelf for so long that its providence has been lost to the annals of time. But I remember, at some point, thinking it looked interesting and taking it home.

It was interesting.

But.

But, I wanted it to be more. This read like an historical account, which is what it was, but the front cover of this book calls it "A Love Story, Berlin 1943". It was a story about love, but I wouldn't necessarily call this a love story. There ar
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Logan Romjue
Jan 29, 2017 Logan Romjue rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written narrative of a queer relationship between a young Jewish women and the wife of a Nazi. Fischer artfully crafts Lilly and Felice's romance through personal accounts, love letters, and poetry. A definite must read in WWII literature.
Patricia
Jan 04, 2017 Patricia rated it liked it
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Hugolane
Dec 29, 2016 Hugolane rated it really liked it
I first heard about this book almost 20 years ago when it first came out, but this is an updated version and I am glad i read it. It is a sad story as one would guess the story of a lesbian love affair between the wife of German soldier and a Jewish woman living under ground would be. Yet it is not mere sadness. It is also a story of a woman who rose to the occasion when confronted with the question of how to treat people who were considered a racial enemy of the German people. It gives a partic ...more
Hannah (Filia Libri)
Diese und weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog Anima Libri - Buchseele

Dieses Buch ist… schwierig.

Das liegt zum einen erstmal an der Art des Buchs: So handelt es sich hier nicht um Fiktion sondern viel mehr eine Art Dokumentation in Buchform. Frei geschriebene Texte wechseln sich mit Auszügen aus Briefen, Tagebüchern und Dokumenten ab und gerade die (Liebes)Briefe fangen an sich irgendwann zu wiederholen.

Zum anderen liegt das aber auch vor allem an Autorin Erica Fischer. Diese hat sich
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Pantoffel Held
Aug 05, 2011 Pantoffel Held rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quiltbag
Summary
This book is based on a true story and my copy does contain a lot of photos, documents and letters of that time.
The story is set in 1943 in Nazi Germany. It evolves around two women who couldn’t possibly be more different. On the one hand there is Lilly Wust, unburdened, naive, married to a german soldier, mother and housewife and on the other hand there is Felice Schragenheim, brave, ballsy, snappy, out of the closet lesbian and above all...a jewish woman desperately trying to survive i
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Inga
Erica Fischer (*1943) ist Journalistin, Schriftstellerin und Übersetzerin und eine Mitbegründerin des österreichischen Feminismus. Bekannt wurde sie durch ihr Buch Aimée und Jaguar, das erstmals 1994 erschien.
Untertitelt ist das Buch mit "Eine Liebesgeschichte, Berlin 1943" - es ist eine dokumentarische Erzählung der Beziehung von Lilly Wust und Felice Schragenheim während der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus und gegen Ende des zweiten Weltkriegs. Lilly hat einen nationalsozialistisch eingestellten
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Lucy Meeker
I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my all time favorites and the movie was wonderful to. If you have not had a chance to read, please do because it won't disappoint.
Luce
Sep 16, 2015 Luce rated it did not like it
Shelves: novels, lgbt, non-fiction
...líčí romantický příběh jak z červené knihovny – lásku mezi nacistkou se čtyřmi dětmi a o osm let mladší Židovkou. Asi to musím prásknout hned zkraje, tohle čtení je velmi zvláštní kombinací historického popisu života příslušníků židovské rasy ve válečném období v nacistickém Německu a téměř idylickým setkáním a románkem dvou hlavních hrdinek, které po vzoru Romea a Julie skončí nečekaně tragicky. (...)
Zde jsem se nechala zlákat zajímavě se jevícím tématem, nutno ale podotknout, že bůhvíjak za
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Sally
This book was not really all that I was expecting. Of course the story is heartbreaking and so unfair, but the writing itself was rather dry and I found the epilogue to be both extraneous and disrespectful.

It was difficult to get into at first, as there were bits of the "story" as written by Fischer mixed with notes from Lilly Wust herself, and then from other people; and then all the letters and poems (I don't do poems, I'm afraid I skipped most of them)... it was just oddly put together! And t
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Siv30
May 25, 2011 Siv30 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic, ww2
סיפור אהבתן של שתי נשים בתקופת מלחמת העולם השנייה, לילי ווסט, עקרת בית גרמניה, אם לארבע ילדים ופליציה שרגנהיים, נערה יהודיה. השנים הן 1944- 1945. מכונת ההשמדה הנאצית פועלת במלוא מרצה לחיסול היהודים בברלין. על רקע זה פוגשת לילי את פליציה ושתיהן מתאהבות. הספר מבוסס על יומן שניהלה לילי ועל התכתבויות בין השתים. הוא גם מבוסס על תיעוד שנותר מדמויות אחרות או מראיונות איתם. הספר לא תופס ישר את הקורא ולוקח זמן להיכנס אליו. בראיה רטרוספקטיבית, יש כאן פיספוס אדיר של הבטחה שלא מומשה. הספר מתרכז בשתיים וכאיל ...more
Cindy75
Sep 12, 2011 Cindy75 rated it it was amazing
Real thrilling true story during World War II, this love was real strong between the two women and very dangerous, the origins of Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), married and the mother of four sons, enjoy the privileges of her statute as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood falls in love for the other woman, Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), a Jewess and member of the underground, Their love fuels her with the Hope that she will survive.


I recommend the first book to focus this literature to read and
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Marja
Dec 13, 2008 Marja rated it liked it
Read it in Swedish, so I might've missed some of the fanciest nuances (doubt it, though). The text quotes one too many a forlorn love letter, and the character of "Aimée", or Lilly Wust, with her lightheartedness in the face of danger to her lover, made me cast the book aside for a year before finishing it. I'm glad the author included the editorial note about her attitude towards Lilly at the end, though I suspect the annoyance might've been due to actual frivolosity of the historical character ...more
Morgan
Mar 07, 2012 Morgan rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
I found this book to be fairly over-rated. The writing itself was nothing special and (definitely personal preference talking here) I don't like reading other people's letters. The letters and journal entries became repetitive, and while the overall story was interesting and moving, I did not feel that it really came to life for me. The epilogue gave such scathing criticism of Aimee/Lilly herself that it made me wonder why the author wrote the book at all, as it did seem that her distaste for th ...more
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“OBITUARY

Certificate in hand, my school career
now finds its slow and certain end.
Last act, the iron curtain here
Closes on what I might have been.
One year more and I would have earned
my diploma, having played my part.
Instead this list of what I've learned,
States I was quiet, hardworking, smart.

Yes, gone those lovely days in time
When once I dozed to Schiller's "Clock,"
Though much preferred was Scheffler's rhyme.
Awakening me and signalling "stop."
Playing hooky, passing notes, my relinquished
School pass - all passe.
Only I remain, dismissed and hindered,
a ninth-grade student without a grade.
[September 11, 1939]
by Felice Schragenheim”
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