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My Wounded Heart: The Life of Lilli Jahn, 1900-1944

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  83 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
An international sensation already sold in fifteen languages, this heartbreaking collection of recently discovered letters captures the destruction not only of a life but also of an entire nation.

Born in 1900 to wealthy Jewish parents, Lilli Jahn stood firmly among the German bourgeoisie. A doctor by training, she married a young Protestant physician. Her husband divorced
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 18th 2004 by Bloomsbury USA (first published August 12th 2002)
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Camilla Tilly
Feb 21, 2016 Camilla Tilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I know that I will get the entire world against me when I say that this is much more touching and gripping than Anne Frank's diary. This is a very tragic story about the educated Jewish woman Lilli that falls in love or rather, becomes infatuated with a man that never learns to appreciate her.
She does everything for this man and how is she repaid? He goes off on vacations on his own, starts an affair with an Aryan woman that Lilli has welcomed in to her home. He has the woman move in to their h
Apr 12, 2015 Siv30 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
שוו לעצמכם עולם, בו התגלה לכם שאמכם נרצחה, רק משום שאביכם התגרש ממנה ולא הסכין לפעול לשיחרורה מבעוד מועד.

מה אתם הייתם עושים?

זה העולם שנגלה למרטין דֶרי נכדה של לילי יאן, הדמות הנשית שעומדת במרכז הספר האוטוביוגרפי, "לבי הפצוע" .

עולם מזעזע, חסר פשרות, המצטייר מכ- 300 מכתבים שכתבו לילי יאן, ילדיה וחבריה בזמן היותה כלואה במחנה הכפייה ברייטנאו טרם העברתה לאושוויץ ורציחתה, ועוד כ- 300 מכתבים תקופתיים מלפני המלחמה.

קשה לי לתאר את הספר, הוא עורר בי סערת נפש קשה עד דמעות. הוא עורר בי כאב עצום על לילי שסבלה
Letters are quite heart rending.... In few places Lilli pouts about her life in a small town during anti semitism although she was desperate to have a peaceful and happy married life but her strong determination and caring attitude towards her family really makes her story unique.
Jul 01, 2016 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
"Durante o dia Ilse ainda se distraía em grande medida com a sua tarefa de mãe substituta, mas de noite sentia cada vez mais medo pelo futuro da mãe. Foi o sucedeu a 12 de Fevereiro:
"Agora tenho finalmente sossego. As três estão a dormir. Daqui a nada também vou para a cama. Mas primeiro vou à janela e olho na direcção de Breitenau, onde tu estás? Quando virá o dia? Como estarás? E 100 perguntas e pensamentos semelhantes rodopiam na minha cabeça. De noite, quando não consigo dormir, penso em ti.
Mar 14, 2016 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What truly loved was the humanity it put to a part of history we all need to dehumanize to deal with it.
Orit Schwartz
Apr 23, 2014 Orit Schwartz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and moving book
Jan 14, 2015 Neeta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This is a unique biography about a Jewish woman, Lilli, married to a non-Jewish man and imprisoned by the Nazi regime. The book is centered about over 300 preserved letters between she and her children during her imprisonment. Through the correspondence we see what life was really like for this family living without their mother during the war, attempting to maintain a normal life revolving around rations and air raids, as well as the impact on Lilli of anti-Semitic laws and eventual ...more
Rosanne Bartlett
Jun 12, 2015 Rosanne Bartlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a great read but sad. It definitely showed a lot of emotion.
I'm very interested in books, stories related to the Second World War. This is a heart-breaking story of a Jewish woman mother of five whose husband divorced her and left her in the hands of the nazis. She was sent to a labor camp where she managed to write letters to her children.

Jan 05, 2009 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: truestories
Collection of letters very informative about Germany in 1930s showing everyday life of Lilli, a Jewish doctor, her husband - a physician, and their kids. Moving thing - love and death.
Dec 29, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
Again, it is very hard to rate and review such a tragic and true story. It was very informative about some of the conditions endured by both German Jews and non-Jews.
Julia Marie
Amazing the histories that can be preserved.
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