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After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation Paperback – February 24, 2009
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Much of this story has been told before and appeared in various books such as THE LAST DAY OF THE WAR, THE LAST 100 DAYS, THE BATTLE OF BERLIN, and so on. I also read a German book, loosely translated, THE OCCUPIERS AND THE OCCUPIED. As such you find many of the same themes: Bombed out cities, forced evacuations, winters with no heat, households with no food, and nasty deeds committed by the Red Army and its clients. What I did find new with this book was more detailed information about the fate of the German territories and population east of the Oder Neisse line, as well as the remaining German population in East Prussia. There was also quite a bit about how the vengeful Czechs were apt pupils of their former masters and took revenge to the extreme.
The book also spends several chapters discussing Austria and how quickly the Austrians disassociated themselves from the Germans and Germany. It is not difficult to imagine the Austrians flying the swastika one day and digging through their closets to display Austrian flags the next.
The book's narrative timeline begins during the last months of war. Only a year prior to the surrender the Third Reich occupied almost half of Europe.Read more ›
This is the "collective guilt" hypothesis and has found many adherents throughout history, and as this book outlines in gruesome detail, was manifested in the aftermath of World War II. Confident of victory and bent on revenge, many commanders and soldiers in the Allied forces proceeded to take their frustrations out on whoever was left in Germany, with sex and age not being an impediment. It did not matter whether or not German citizens had consciously supported the Nazi government, or whether they did so out of fear for their lives and the lives of their families. As the author remarks, just the ability to speak German frequently was proof enough of this support. The carnage against Germans in post-war Europe was unrelenting, with rapes, crucifixions, hangings, forced starvation, and forced marches being widespread and taking place with great enthusiasm by Russian, British, and American troops of occupation. Having endured incredible hardships in battle they did not hesitate to take matters in their own hands and direct their anger towards those who "supported" the German government. Women were "responsible" for giving birth to German soldiers, so they must be punished accordingly.Read more ›
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It was almost impossible for the Allies to find any members of the Nazi party after the war. There is sufficient proof that the WANNSEE CONFERENCE actually took place to discuss... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Terry Draper
Excellent description of the events after the war.Published 16 days ago by William West C/O CompTIA
Another well researched book about what took place in Germany after the war...Published 2 months ago by Ray H. Lein
It is almost impossible to review the intellectual contents of this book because the kindle version that was downloaded to my ipad is so flawed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen F. Deutsch
never thought it was that bad, and the attitude of allies government toward Germany real eye openerPublished 3 months ago by John Sweet
no chapters designated in contents- merely says "pages" and nothing else, no formal separation of chapters, just a run-on text with what appear to be chapter headings repeatedly... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elwood Dowd
This book is a mess. Was this a first draft? Did the author hire an editor? There is no structure to his writing. I did not waste my time by finishing it.Published 6 months ago by Dwight R. Pelz