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Refuge in Hell: How Berlin's Jewish Hospital Outlasted the Nazis

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In 1945, when the Red Army liberated Berlin, they found in the Nazi capital a functioning Jewish hospital. In Refuge in Hell, Daniel B. Silver explores the many quirks of fortune and history that made the hospital's survival possible. His engrossing account of this little-known slice of history "reads like a novel imbued with the richness of a strong narrative and the dept ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published September 15th 2004 by Mariner Books (first published September 17th 2003)
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This is the true story of an obscure Jewish hospital in Berlin, that miraculously survived Nazi occupation. Some 800 Jewish individuals owe their survival to this hospital, and the doctors, nurses and labourers who kept it running.
Silver doesn't do a quick overview of the holocaust, and it's major players(which I liked). He keeps it simple, with descriptions of some of the major players within the hospital. I felt the director, one Walter Lustig, to be one of the most confusing, and interesting
This book was the subject of an NPR interview a few years ago. I bought it because I wanted to know how a Jewish Hospital in Berlin could survive anywhere in the Germany of the Hitler years. The book goes a long way to answer that question for which there is no rational explanation, especially when you consider that an SS office was lodged in one of the hospital's buildings!

There were horrible events, such as being forced to cull the hospital staff who were sent to concentration camps or shot.
If done by the right director and producer, this little known "miracle" would be an amazing movie!
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