5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The End of Nazism,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Berlin: The Downfall 1945 (Paperback)
This is an astounding account about the collapse of a society during the last days of the European theatre of the most cataclysmic war the world has ever seen.
We see it all from the ranting of Hitler as he calls for the plugging of gaps in the German defensive line with non-existent divisions to the orgiastic goings on of the inhabitants of Berlin as they see their doom approaching from the Russian front.
We see children and old men been told to fight to the last soldier even though any General worth his salt would wish to negotiate albeit the Russians had engaged in brutal waves of rapes as they retook territory and were sure to do in Berlin and they certainly did.
One almost has sympathy with the Nazis but one then realises that this regime was so odious that it had to be consumed by fire to stop its re-emergence. One does feel intensely for the Germans who were swept along by patriotic fervour and supported Nazis despite having misgivings.
The whole story is told in fluent narrative by the author who must be the leading modern literary historian in the world at present