If their love was not forbidden enough add on that fact that Elisabeth is the mother of four and a Nazi Officers wife, Felice is young and "submarine" a underground Jew. At the age of 80 Elisabeth breaks her years of silence telling stories, sharing poems, pictures and love letters to and from each other. All from diaries/journals. This book gives you much more than a love story but also gives you a very real history lesson. If you interested in the holocaust then this is a good book. It is very open, honest and has a harsh message.
At times writing was choppy and not a smooth read. Some stories were half told and then picked up later on in the book. Would have liked for the stories to stay together.
Acclaimed in Germany and England, this tragic and remarkable real-life love story won a Lambda Literary Award when it was first published in America in 1995. Lilly Wust ("AimÃ©e") was a conventional middle-class mother of four, estranged from her philandering husband, when she met Felice Schragenheim ("Jaguar") in 1941. Their passionate affair unfolded against the backdrop of the deportation of Jews from Berlin, but several months passed before Felice could even bring herself to tell Lilly that she was Jewish and living illegally on the streets. "I knew, of course, what it meant," Lilly recalled in old age. "Not for a moment did I think that I too could be in danger. On the contrary, all I wanted to do now was to save her." Lilly's heroic efforts to conceal and protect Felice through the next two years make for painful and inspiring reading. Felice was arrested in August 1944 and sent her last letter to Lilly four months later. In 1981 Lilly was awarded the German Federal Service Cross, though no one could read this as a happy ending. --Regina Marler