Hiding in Plain Sight
Lewin spent most of World War II hiding with other Jewish children in the Berlin City Dump where they played a deadly serious game of hiding from police, Brown Shirt militia and vicious Hitler Youth who were their own age. Lewin's parents had to register as Jews in order to get an apartment in Berlin, and were not allowed in stores, public markets, theaters, doctor's offices or street cars. They had to wear yellow Stars of David and were given jobs in near-slave conditions in a Berlin munitions plant. There, they worked 12-hour days and were paid starvation salaries. But they were never forced into a ghetto and avoided deportation to a death camp.