As a child in prewar Berlin, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf wanted nothing more than to try on the pretty taffetta dresses she saw in shop windows, and to dust and oil her furniture collection to a shine. She would have made a perfect hausfrau. The only problem was that Charlotte was a boy.
Hailed by Der Spiegel as speaking to the fate of a whole generation of German homosexuals, here is the amazing story of a mild-mannered transvestite who triumphed over a violent childhood and the brutalities of both the Nazis and Communists to carve out a dignified life as an open cross-dresser in East Berlin. Charlotte's tale, like her life, is a surprising and provocative weave of sex, politics, and history.