Book Tip: Hanni Munzer “Marlene”

Of a resistance fighter in the second world war.

Munich, July 1944-shaken Marlene stands in front of the bombed-out House at the Prince Regent place number 10. What Marlene at this time still don’t know – Stauffenberg assassination of Adolf H. has failed. She comes to Munich, to help their friends Deborah and Wolferl escape. Now she stands in front of their damaged house and is sure: they’re both dead.

When I was in the hands of the book “Marlene”, I already knew that it will be no easy fare. That it comes to war, resistance, and strong women. That’s me so moved, in hindsight for days will employ me, not sleep me before this post, that I couldn’t see ahead indeed.

“Dedicated to the resistance fighters of the second world war. You are heroes.”

“Marlene” is a book of opposites. It said power, love, optimism, cohesion, destiny about life. As well as about the death, hatred, abuse, torture and unspeakable brutality.

The book talks about people who are still quite unknown to the Jewish history in spite of all intelligence about the war and the Nazis despite all processing: women are concerned. Women, who fought in the resistance, their lives for hundreds of thousands of people sacrificed in the worst times of war because they have never lost faith in peace and in the good in people.

Silent heroines, which should be considered at.

“How should you lose the trust in humanity in these times? The good not jutted out as a lighthouse from the Brown Earth. They had to go into hiding, acting in secret, because humanity was regarded as treason.”

The author of this book, Hanni Münzer, seems her whole life reading and writing spent to have. She celebrated first successes since 2013 with their “soul Fischer” – works. Already by 2015, published a novel dedicated to the fate of a family before and during the second world war in the Piper Verlag. “Honigtot” “Marlene”‘s previous book and reached number is ten der Spiegel bestseller list. Maybe you read it already?

It said among the antecedents of the protagonist Marlene cold. The actions are however independently constructed, so that the reader (like me) without any prior knowledge can immediately dive into the events of the second book.

In “Marlene” she want to open their eyes to their readers. It is up to us, the eternal cycle of wars to break out.

“I’ve seen long no sunset. Would the sky on fire…”-“no, the world is burning.”

Food resources are limited after Marlene’s arrival in Munich, numerous people are buried. Others are desperately trying to find relatives in the rubble of their former homes. Five years ago, Marlene received her first lessons cold as a spy. The old contacts help her to find shelter only once, and to plan their next steps.

The death of their friends one more reason is more to pursue the big goal: to encourage the resistance against the Nazis.

Between the rubble of the homes she meets Trudi, a bustling, lively and curious teenager who will remain during the whole book on their side. Furnished with Nazi clothing and fake documents to venture into the lion’s den both, surrounded by Nazis, on a train to Warsaw. Often involuntarily close acquaintances, that should be them later the downfall.

However it comes, as it had to happen. One day the mask falls and Marlene is unmasked as a Jewish resistance fighter. A period of brutal torment, despair and indescribable suffering . Because she is transported to a place, hardly a prisoner out alive again.

“Marlene concept where you had… take it that she was on one of the most formidable ever man-made, a place without mercy and compassion.”

Marlene tries to find allies during their imprisonment in Auschwitz, to get weapons and forging dangerous plans to lure the Nazis into a trap and destroy. To survive, must they do lots of things, go beyond the over their human dignity – and yet she kept their self esteem and their fighting spirit to the end.

“Never before I met a woman like you. You would start a discussion in the mouth of a ten metre long alligator with him so that he does not eat you.”

The liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, was not a happy day. It was day an of mourning, the dead, the last survivors, emaciated, ill, hobbling and in the icy snow creeping slowly leaving the walls of death . The scene where Hanni, Münzer describes the liberation of the concentration camp, has particularly moved me. When reading, I myself felt how it laced Marlene throat – this ghastly sight of the remnants of terror.

However, this first step towards freedom is already not the end…

“Why don’t we teach our children, that the meaning of life is love?”

In spite of all terror, there were also wonderful experiences at the time of the captivity. People who crossed Marlene’s way, there for each other were even under the worst conditions. And the one man who can once again experience the great love . In close cohesion with their fate companions Marlene makes possible things, that hardly seem possible.

With overwhelming strength, excellent knowledge of human nature and calculation she opposes is the terror in the darkest times. So is this book incredibly captivating – from the beginning to the end.

“My life and your life are not important. The thing for which we fight is important.”

Rather than simply dealing with coin acceptors in the novel by Hanni war and death. Marlene’s life story is about love, care, sacrifice and the big, topic so far away today from our world: peace.

I think, Hanni has mastered’s definitely coiner. To give us an example by Marlene on authentic, honest and devoted way insight into the various fates of the resistance fighters of the war.

Women, whose Geschichten should be even much more frequently written and read.

A copy of Hanni win coin: “Marlene”!

Together with the Piper Verlag I raffling a copy of “Marlene” from September 11. For that you need to answer post following only under this post or my Facebook: What book have you read recently?

The contest ends on September 22, the winner will be decided by lot and posted it on my Facebook page. I wish you much success!