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We Were Berliners : From Weimar to the Wall, Hardback Book


Helmut and Charlotte Jacobitz were born in Berlin during the mid-1920s.

They experienced depression and inflation, and witnessed violence as fascists and communists vied for control of Germany.

When the Nazis prevailed, they survived the 12 years of the Third Reich.

Drafted in 1943, Helmut was wounded fighting in Normandy.

Charlotte, meanwhile, worked at the Reichsbank and took shelter against frequent bombing raids. After the Russians surrounded Berlin in April 1945, she witnessed firsthand the brutal battle for the city.

The two young Germans met each other after the war, Charlotte joining Helmut to smuggle food into Berlin through the Russian blockade.

The family finally immigrated to America, barely escaping before the Berlin Wall sliced the city in half.

We Were Berliners combines the personal reminiscences of the Jacobitzs with a lively, detailed overview of historical events as they related to the family, to Germany, and to Europe.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780752464619



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