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A "Should Read",
This review is from: Motherland (Hardcover)
This story, based loosely on the author's family, takes place on the German "Home Front" towards the end of WWII. I love historical fiction, so this was the main reason I got this book. It was great in that respect, and it was a very "human" story as well.
So why not 5 stars? Mainly because I felt that the first half of the book was plodding along to the point where if I had left the book on a plane, I would have said, "Oh well". If only the pace of the first half equaled that of the second. A wonderful bonus awaited at the end of the book titled "Acknowledgements". You MAY want to read this before you start the story. Great stuff!
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2014 12:15:46 PM PST
Stephen D. Weiss says:
Dear Mr. Hohmann, If you have not already done so, I suggest you read "Hitler's Willing Executioner's" by Goldhagen, "Ordinary Men" by Browning, and "The Good Old Days" by Klee, Dressen and Riess. The German people to this day will never admit to their level of complicity in getting rid of their handicapped, mentally ill, homosexuals, Roma, Jehovah's Witnesses, Pacifists, and of course Jews. I served in Europe in the 1970's and met so many ordinary Germans who were either in some kind of fog or were still apologists for Hitler's regime. One German even told me, "All of it was worth it because Hitler made the passenger trains run on time." Read these books and then you judge the alleged 'good' Germans.
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