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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different to read., 3 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Black Edelweiss: A Memoir of Combat and Conscience by a Soldier of the Waffen-SS (Kindle Edition)
I chose this this rating as I thought the author could have put more into his narrative. I am not sure if he is being politically correct at times given the nature of the subject. However it is a really good read and I do so in two days. I was impressed with the way the story unfolded but there was a nagging boubt about the "denial" passages where he stated he had no idea about the general situation re SS contribution to the "darker side" of WW2. For me it was about the execptional long march and the stab in the back from Finland. I understand better now the war in that inhospitable region and also give credit to the tenacity of the SS in the march back to Germany through Finland and Norway. It made me smile at times in particular the chapter about the engagement on the Swedish border and the almost carnival approach the Swedes took to the unfolding battle across the river. History is tempered by time and for me Mr Voss has had to walk the tightrope between what the victors imposed as criminality and how he saw himself as a prisoner trying to escape that persecution or more accuratley prosecuction. I would agree not all SS soldiers were aware of the Einsatsgruppen commandos 100% but the evidence was certainly out there. Maybe fighting in the Arctic circle insulated the SS gebirgsjager from the vast majoirty of it.
However a good book, worth a read and if it is an honest account so much the better. Buy it and see!!
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