Description - Liberation by William I. Hitchcock
The traditional image of Europe in 1945 is of grateful civilians showering soldiers with flowers and dancing in the streets. In reality, liberation was an extraordinarily violent and chaotic process.Using first-hand accounts, Hitchcock describes the catastrophic effects of invasion on Northern France, Belgium and Holland: huge civilian death tolls from indiscriminate bombing, towns destroyed, crops burnt. He shows that the motives and behaviour of the Allied forces were far from noble: they frequently abused power and authority, looted homes and sexually assaulted women.Hitchcock also writes about the discovery of the major concentration camps, notably Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald, and the often shocking lack of empathy shown by its liberators.Lucid and compelling, William Hitchcock's account fully explores the paradoxes of 'the good war', its glories and its horrific human costs.
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Author Biography - William I. Hitchcock
William I. Hitchcock is Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia. He was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1965, and has lived in Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Paris, Brussels, Washington, Boston and New Haven. He is the author of France Restored and The Struggle for Europe, and the co-editor, with Paul Kennedy, of From War to Peace. He is married to the historian Elizabeth R. Varon.