Trading Sex for Survival in Nazi Germany

Street scene from Berlin in the 1940s

Street scene from Berlin in the 1940s“In 1942, Marie Jalowicz, a Jewish girl hiding in Berlin, watched as a barkeep sold her for 15 marks to a man mysteriously nicknamed ‘the rubber director.’ As Marie recounts in the recently published Underground in Berlin, a riveting chronicle of her story told in her words, she was desperate for a place to sleep. The barkeep pulled Marie aside before she left with the man. Her fabricated backstory was simple; she just couldn’t bear to live with her in-laws anymore. But, the barkeep added, her new patron was also ‘a Nazi whose fanaticism bordered on derangement.'”

A Holocaust Survival Tale of Sex and Deceit.


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