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5.0 out of 5 stars A Vision of Hell on Earth, 16 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Death of East Prussia: War and Revenge in Germany's Easternmost Province (Paperback)
This book will stay with you and haunt your dreams.
This is the reality of war and just as relevant to Aleppo, Homs, Hama and any other city where the inhabitants are trapped in a bombed out wasteland at the mercy of armies and criminal gangs.
If You've read Keith Lowes excellent "savage continent", you could think of this as a microscopic study of one specific area of that continent showing how individuals survived. (or didn't)

Peter B Clark has done a masterful job describing the plight of Konigsbergers. He doesn't shy away from the crimes of the Nazis, this book isn't attempt to create an equivalence between the sufferings of Germans and their victims, he just lays out the facts for the readers, and despite the avalanche of atrocities and suffering this is a very readable book although as i alluded to at the start not an "easy" read.

People do emerge with credit from this book such as the Doctors & Nurses of Konigsberg hospital, the proverbial "Good Germans" who battled against impossible odds and tried to do good in a world where Morality had ceased to exist.

Also deserving of credit are the People of Lithuania who risked deportation to Siberia to give food and sanctuary to starving desperate East Prussians when their own situation was already pretty precarious.

In the diplomatic arena Anthony Eden is shown to be a consistent defender of Polish interests who is sadly and inexplicably ignored by his Boss.
Here I must declare my interest as member of the Kresy-Siberia Foundation

On the subject of Edens Boss, I'm very sad to say this book stripped me of any remaining illusions I had about Winston Churchill.

The book describes a meeting where Churchill applies emotional blackmail (i don't know how else to describe it) to the Polish Prime minister in exile in an attempt to force the Polish PM to accept the loss of Kresy (roughly the eastern 50% of pre war Poland) to the USSR

The Churchill who emerges in this book is tired and old and totally outmanouvred by Stalin, i read with disbelief as a weary, isolated Churchill fell for what appears to the reader to be Stalins blatant trickery.

Recommended for anyone interested in the sordid reality of war
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4.0 out of 5 stars an obscure episode of WWII, 8 Nov 2013
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the book was detailed and reasonably researched.Sufficient for those interestedin the region and the final retribution for the germans and their crimes
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