Aimee and Jaguar by Erica Fischer
A Love Story, Berlin 1943

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In the Berlin of 1942, Lilly Wust was married to a soldier and was the mother of four children. Her quiet domestic life was forever changed when she met and fell in love with Jewish Felice Schragenheim. Aimee and Jaguar, as the two called one another, embarked on an ecstatic affair, exchanging letters and poems and even signing a marriage contract. After only a year, their happiness was destroyed by the Gestapo: Felice was taken away to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Lilly received a last letter from Felice in 1945. Erica Fischer has documented this extraordinary story after spending countless hours talking to 80-year-old Lilly, and to friends and acquaintances of the two women. Her account, together with a collection of photographs, is a witness to an unusual love in a time of extremes.
 

About Erica Fischer

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Erica Fischer has been one of Vienna's foremost feminist writers and journalists. The author of several books on feminist subjects, she currently lives in Berlin, Germany.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Travel. Non-fiction

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This book doesn't seem to realize it is less about lesbianism and love than it is a jolting social history--achtung.

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