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Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941 Paperback – April 17, 2002
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Also gives great insights into the technical problems of the day trying to get a broadcast out of Germany or occupied countries even though the Nazi sensors supposedly approved his content.
Until recently, I had insufficient interest in the period to really study about it. I studied as required in school. I saw replays of news reels. I saw documentaries and movies. I heard about the devastating German army blitzing across Europe.
Boy! Did they miss the mark!
Only recently have I become interested in the period because of people even older than myself recalling similarities between those times and today.
This is eye witness testimony. The witness is honest enough to tell you that he is not always sure what is going on and that everything he is being told is a lie, everything he is being shown is a lie, and that he is not allowed to broadcast the truth on the radio.
As a child, my father always told me, "Never believe anything you hear, anything you read in the paper, and only half of what you see with your own eyes." I believe that Mr. Shirer explains the origin of that admonition very nicely.
The journal covers the years 1934 through 1940. As I was reading the final 1940 entry I was thinking "Now we are ready for Pearl Harbor and the US entry into the war."
I turned the page and was greeted with the "NOTES" section. I thought OH-no. It can't end here. But it did.
s daily account of his life in Berlin under the Nazis, gives palpable representation to this period of history. If you're a World War Two buff, or you want to know what life was like in Germany before the Allies executed D-Day. This is the book for you. Especially interesting is life with a rationing card for everything from meat to underwear. Includes trips to the front and how early radio broadcast from wartorn Europe.