The Women in the Castle

In the aftermath of World War II, the widow of one of the resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler in July 1944 gathers together widows and children of other resisters. Marianne von Lingenfels made a promise to her husband that she would care for those left behind if the plot to kill Hitler failed. To that end, she locates Benita, widow of her dearest childhood friend, in a house full of Russian soldiers in Berlin, and Benita’s son in a Nazi children’s camp. Another woman, Ania, and her two sons, join the group also. All of them live, with Marianne and her two daughters, in Marianne’s run-down, ancestral castle in Bavaria. Each woman’s experiences during the war are eventually recounted, with many surprises revealed. What did both Benita and Ania believe about what was happening in their country? Marianne alone seems to have had a clear vision of the horror the Reich would bring, and did bring, to Germany. But is she too harsh on all those who didn’t see what was coming? Or those who made decisions that they now deeply regret? Beautifully written and riveting, this book shines a light on the complex moral issues faced by ordinary Germans during and following the war. Prolific narrator Cassandra Campbell brings perfect, light German accents to her characters’ voices, resulting in a memorable performance.

The women in the castle [sound recording]By Shattuck, Jessica author.

Three German widows share their lives and stories following the end of World War II.

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