First Edition of Gad Beck's An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin
An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin.
Item Number: 79655
Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.
First edition of “this extraordinary book” (The Washington Post). Octavo, original boards, cartographic endpapers. Translated form the German by Allison Brown. Written with Frank Heibert. Inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
That a Jew living in Nazi Berlin survived the Holocaust at all is surprising. That he was a homosexual and a teenage leader in the resistance and yet survived is amazing. But that he endured the ongoing horror with an open heart, with love and without vitriol, and has written about it so beautifully is truly miraculous. "There may be other books by other Jewish Berliners, but surely none as riveting as this one" (Frontiers).