Monday, May 7, 2018
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
This is a story of three women in post World War II Germany who live together for a few years in a castle. Marianne von Lingenfels is the widow of a resistor and she rescues two women whose husbands were friends of his in the resistance against Hitler. The story spans years and tells how each woman fared in Hitler's Germany and afterwards. Each woman hides secrets that we later learn. I found the story fascinating especially since one of the women at one point ran youth camps with her husband. We get to see the story of the ordinary Germans who were drawn in by his promises and who thought that what they were doing was good and right, until they realized what was really going on. The story is quite interesting and I highly recommend it.