After the Reich
From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift
By (author) Giles MacDonogh
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After the Reich by Giles MacDonogh
Book DescriptionIn 1945 Germany was a nation in tatters. Swathes of its population were despairing, homeless, bombed-out and on the move. Refugees streamed towards the West and soldiers made their way home, often scarring the villages they passed through with parting shots of savagery. Politically the country was neutered, carved into zones of occupation. While Britain and America were loathe to repeat the crippling reparations demands of the First World War, Russia bayed for blood, stripping their own zone of everything from rail tracks to lavatory bowls. After the Reich is the first history to give the full picture of Germany's bitter journey to reconstruction. Giles Macdonogh expertly charts the varied experiences of all who found themselves in the German melting pot. His people-focused narrative unveils shocking truths about how people continued to treat each other, even outside the confines of war. It is a crucial lesson for our times.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780719567667
(199mm x 137mm x 41mm)
Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Giles MacDonogh
Testicles, Paperback (September 2011)
It is part cookery book, part dictionary and part cultural study of testicles: human and animal. Their culinary use is the bedrock, although it would be impossible to ignore the wider implications of these anatomical jewels.
Great Battles, Hardback (November 2010)
An accessible introduction to the most important battles in world history, illustrated with superb colour maps throughout.
1938: Hitler's Gamble, Paperback (June 2010)
In 1938, The Third Reich came of age with terrible consequences - the shocking history of the year Hitler set Germany towards wars.
1938, Hardback (November 2009)» View all books by Giles MacDonogh
The acclaimed author of After the Reich narrates the events of 1938, the year that the Third Reich came of age, and Hitler graduated from ruthless dictator to international menace
US Kirkus Review » Throughout time it has been the victor who has written history, but here historian MacDonogh (The Last Kaiser: The Life of Wilhelm II, 2001, etc.) examines the darker side of the Allied occupation of defeated Germany.The subtitle is probably the publisher's, since MacDonogh advises at the outset, "I make no excuses for the crimes the Nazis committed, nor do I doubt for one moment the terrible desire for revenge that they aroused." In some ways, that revenge was symbolically charged, as when the Allies put concentration camps to use housing prisoners who proved to have more than an accidental connection to the Nazi state; in others it was trivial, as when Russian soldiers went about demanding wristwatches. But aspects of the conquest were brutal indeed: Those Russian soldiers committed revenge rape on a grand scale, while, MacDonogh asserts, the American liberators at Dachau allowed former prisoners to tear guards and kapos limb from limb. More systematically, the Occupation deprived ordinary citizens of their property and, at least for a time, cast everyone under suspicion as tribunals convened and the long process of denazification began. It soon became obvious to almost everyone concerned, not least the occupied Germans, that as the Cold War got colder this process was confined mostly to the small fry; those Germans "were annoyed," MacDonogh writes, "to see the Party big-shots go free while the authorities continued to harass rank-and-file members who had done nothing monstrous." So it was that from 1945 until May 1948, when the purge ended, the French, British and American courts had tried 8,000 cases but executed only 806, perhaps half of them civil servants and workers, while the "worst culprits, the operatives who sent thousands to their deaths, were not punished at all."Of interest to students of modern Europe, complementing W. G. Sebald's On the Natural History of Destruction (2003) and other studies of history from the point of view of the vanquished. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Giles MacDonogh
MacDonogh is the author of eleven books on subjects as diverse as German history, French gastronomy and wine. \n \nHe has written for major newspapers in Britain and Europe such as the Financial Times, the Guardian and The Times. He contributes to magazines all over the world.
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