Many clients have asked about interesting books and films about Berlin. Here is a list of some recent favorites:

FILMS:

Cabaret

The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous presence of the growing Nazi Party.

One, Two, Three

The film is set in West Berlin during the Cold War, but before the construction of the Berlin Wall, and politics is predominant in the setup. Social satire and sharp humor skewers targets on all sides of the divide – capitalists and communists.

Good Bye Lenin!

The film "Good Bye Lenin" portrays generally mixed feelings about communism and socialism. It discusses both the good and the bad aspects of it, and it shows how neither system is perfect. Socialism and capitalism each have their flaws. However, it also shows the good side to each of these systems.

The Lives of Others

The film shows how the lives of ordinay east germans played out while unders upervision of the state secret police.

Conspriacy

Conspriacy A television film which dramatizes the 1942 Wannsee Conference. The film delves into the psychology of Nazi officials involved in the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" during World War II.

The 10 Best Films set in Berlin

Berlin has been the backdrop — and even the star — in movies from cold war spy thrillers to dramas about the collapse of East Germany. Andrew Pulver picks the top 10 films set in the city

 

BOOKS:

After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life that Came Next by Jana Hensel

What if you woke up one day and your country was gone? Who would you be? A story of what happened after the fall of East Germany .

Refuge in Hell: How Berlin's Jewish Hospital Outlasted the Nazis by Daniel B. Silver

One of the clearest windows into Jewish life in Nazi Berlin during World War II

Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters

The 1936 Olympics were nothing less than the most political sporting event of the 20th century.

Stella: One Woman's True Tale of Evil, Betrayal, and Survival in Hitler's Germany by Peter Wyden

Stella is a haunting saga, a disturbing search for answer to the question: How far will a person go to suvive?

A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City by Anonymous

A richly detailed, clear- eyed account of the effects of war and enemy occupation on a civilian population

In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson

The non fiction account of the U.S. ambassador and his family in 1930's Berlin

Exorcising Hitler by Frederick Taylor

The excellent account of occupation and de-nazification of Germany.

The Ghosts of Berlin by Brian Ladd

Confronting German history in the urban landscape... a fascinating book.

City of Women by David R Gillham

"It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women."

Two Brothers by Ben Elton

Berlin 1920. Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood.

The Jewish Candidate by David Crossland

Exciting new book about a Jewish Candidate for German Chancellor...everything. Twins in all but blood.

Nine Lives Under the Nazis by Louis Hagen

"Nine Lives Under the Nazis - A terrifyingly vivid and convincing picture." — Herald Tribune

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

"Anyone with an interest in WWII history must read this book."