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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight into not just Nazi Germany, but War itself., 22 Sep 2008
This review is from: Hitler's Prisoners: Seven Cell Mates Tell Their Stories (Memories of War) (Paperback)
I bought "Hitler's Prisoners" primarily because I was interested to read about the Jehovah's Witness' stand against Nazism as viewed from the interesting angle of a German soldier; however I got so much more from this book.
To hear how people from totally different backgrounds interact under the most extreme hardship was fascinating and deeply moving. Unfortunately, when at war nationalistic fervour causes people to have a blanket hatred for entire nations of people. This book reminds us that nations are made up of diverse individuals with the same fears,vulnerabilities, hopes and sadly, capacity for violence.
Probably the most powerful section of the book dealt with the author's firsthand battle experiences which in no way attempt to glamourize warfare, or portray this decorated soldier as a hero.
On completion of this book, I felt many emotions. It is all too easy to dismiss this period of history as a tragedy that should never happen again; but this account reminds us that there are individuals suffering the same victimisation right now in war zones around the globe.
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