A Woman in Berlin is a World War II drama based on the true story of Marta Hillers, a journalist living in Berlin at the time of the Russian invasion. Told in the form of an anonymous diary, the woman (Nina Hoss), known as Anonyma, tells the story of how she survived the systematic rape of German women by the conquering Russian army. In an early scene in the movie, Anonyma runs into an old friend who casually asks her "How often?" by which she means, "How often are you raped?" The answer to this question develops into a story of fear and survival. After repeated terrifying rapes, Anonyma seduces Russian Officer Andrej (Evgeny Sidikhin) so he can protect her from the marauding soldiers. Their ensuing relationship develops into a complex mixture of diplomacy, intimacy and hatred as Anonyma and Andrej work out the conflicts between the groups they represent.