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1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial, 3 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Black Edelweiss (Paperback)
A disappointing book. For me it neither succeeded as a memoir of combat or conscience. Combat is dealt with very briefly and with little detail; "Johann Voss's self analysis is superficial. What does come out is how a youth raised during the National Socialist era easily moved through its organisations and structure to become a soldier. But no great surprises there.

It is clear from its presentation that this is a contemporary account because the writer's youth and writing inexperience come out in the text. Bearing in mind the remoteness of his posting, it is not surprising that "Johann Voss' did not have anything new to say about the criminal behaviour of the Waffen SS, he just didn't know. His detailed knowledge of the war was restricted to a few square kilometres in Arctic Russia and a very brief period in Eastern France. In summary, this memoir seems to me to have come from a diary written in an attempt at personal justification of his own conduct against a background of having been identified as part of a criminal organisation.
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2013 21:56:43 BDT
Buddy says:
There are no crimes only laws, its all relative. Laws are made and broken depending on who's got the biggest gun, hence the so-called war crimes in places like vietnam, northern ireland, iraq, afghanistan are not recognised. Who's going to push America around?, also out of the 4.5 million jews in Hitlers sphere of influence, 4.3 million lodged compensation claims against the post war German government.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2013 01:42:22 BDT
Garrett says:
Black Edelweiss is not about the American Government nor the Jewish people. In my review I did not intend to suggest that the author was a war criminal either. I believe he may have felt guilty by association (with the Waffen SS).
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