Books: The Catcher in the Reich BERLIN DIARIES, 1940-1945

A beautiful White Russian princess finds herself stuck in unpredictable wartime Berlin. One night it is a piece of suspect schnitzel and a cup of ersatz coffee. The next evening it could be oysters and champagne at the spacious flat of a baron or a count. The years pass, and she discovers that many of the swells with whom she works and plays are part of the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler in July 1944.

Friends and acquaintances are dragged before the People's Court and sentenced to be hanged with piano wire. Others kill themselves or slip off to the sanctuary of...

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