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the worst and best of human race in one book,
This review is from: Total War (Hardcover)
This book isn't really a detailed account of the battles from Stalingrad to Berlin, but mostly the human feelings and penalties of the Russian soldiers and people who fought that terrible war, from the almost total defeat by the Nazis owing the incapacity and unmorality of Stalin and Soviet generals, to the triumph after a severe period of modernization in the Red Army. So, while in Western front allied soldiers fell by thousand, in the East, Red army was killed by hundred of thousands men, women and children. The book is specially impressive and insufferable in the description of the camp of Auschwitz, one of the most detailed I have read. I think when Hitler said "Nobody remember today the killing of the Armenians by the Turks" he hadn't in count Turkey and Armenia weren't in the full Occidental World, and secondly, he himself founded partially the modern massive propaganda and communications media toward his minister Goebbels using radio and newspapers, so, today nobody has forgotten the Nazis.
The atrocities and vengeances of the Red Army in Germany aren't avoided, but still so, there are a difference, because the Nazi extermination camps were scientifically programmed in cool blood, while vengeances of the Russians were killings done in full rage. This is an excellent study about human behavior under extreme conditions of total war, but still so, I think the extermination camps were only possible because the SS in charge were between the worst of the human race, surely in normal times, the most dangerous delinquents every country has, but in this case, given an official power. Women who fought in the Red Army or were war nurses have here a special mention not seen in another books.