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Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly: A Report On The Collapse Of Hitler's Thousand Years Hardcover – July 21, 2012
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I've read all three of Bourke-White's memoiristic photo-narratives of the war in Europe and this one is easily the best. Bourke-White does not hide her disgust with the Germans who supported Hitler's war and then rejected responsibility for what they helped bring to pass. I would be surprised if she could hide such feelings. She was one of the first civilians to go through Buchenwald after its liberation, and the things she saw and smelled and heard taught her something profound about the everyday evil that allowed places like Buchenwald to exist in Germany. That she can write as accurately and clearly as she does having experienced this is a testament to her considerable talent as a writer.
This book is not a history, and if you seek a historian's objectivity you will not find it. This book is rather something quite different. It is a personal narrative written by a sensitive human being who has experienced things most of us will never thankfully have to experience. What Bourke-White gives us is a unique record in pictures and words of what it was like in Germany as that place faced the whirlwind of two great armies. Bourke-White writes about the camps and the GIs and the DPs and the concentration camp survivors and those that didn't survive, and she writes about the Germans who stood by and imagined that the world Hitler envisioned was the ideal one and that it should exist for a 1000 years.