Sherry Gallagher I don't know why Janice made this statement. On the contrary, I thought 'City of Women' well-written from a perspective of those left behind - mainly women and children - to cope with daily life in Berlin in the midst of the Second World War. One woman in particular, Sigrid Schroder, finds her compassions leading her into a dubious involvement with a resistance movement. Only because she became aware of all that was going around her and couldn't look away did her living life in this terrified city alter. No one in WWII Berlin could go on as normal even though everyone tried to do so.