Monday, March 31, 2014

A Woman In Berlin, 5

I asked her if she knew what was going on with their bookstore. "It burned down at the end of April," she answered tersely. Nevertheless she is pretty optimistic about the future and told me about a huge crate of books in the basement that she managed to keep safe throughout the Third Reich -- mostly 'forbidden' literature [...] At first this meant texts by Jews and emigrants, later by opponents of the war. "People have a craving for these things right now," she claims. "We're going to wall off a corner of the store and start a lending library -- with a stiff deposit on the books, of course, or else they'll be gone in no time." I told her I'd be the first to sign up; I have a lot of catching up to do. 
Tuesday May 22 1945