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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 47 minutes
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- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Nov. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0067MCRMY
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Exorcising Hitler: The Occupation and Denazification of Germany Audiobook – Unabridged
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The style of writing is a low jargon and easy to understand explanation, without at any point talking down to you, or sacrificing depth. This makes it both an entertaining and informative read.
This is a period of history of which I don't know a great deal, and this book toppled quite a few of my pre-conceptions. I found the information on the French sector to be a bit of an eye opener, and was disturbed by the indication that we don't yet know anything like the full extent of Soviet atrocities in the Eastern sector, whilst the epilogue with its description of the "Sleep cure" ties all the threads together perfectly.
This was a very satisfying read. Frederick Taylor is now high on my list of authors to look out for.
Whilst there is a plethora of books that deal with end of war and the fall of the Nazi's, there are not as many dealing with the aftermath. All countries involved in the conflict faced a period of austerity and rebuilding, but in Germany the task was much bigger as it was not only material (buildings and infrastructure) but also social and economic recovery which needed to occur. In the early war years, the German home front did not suffer in the same way as say the British who had for example had rationing from the very beginning of war, it was not until 1943/44 when rationing of food became more prevalent within Germany. In the same vein Germany only suffered minor damage in early British air-raids, it was not until much later when the Americans joined the war and technology had improved did bombing over Germany become more sustained and accurate. From mid 1943 onward the tides of war began to change and the German home front got a taste of what the countries invaded by the Wehrmacht years earlier had faced. Following D-Day on the 6th June 1944 western allies landed in France and made slow progress towards Germany and Berlin, there was of course the Soviets who were coming towards Germany from the East. By V E Day on the 8th May 1945, large parts of industrialised Germany lay in ruins, and like civilian populations across Europe they were exhausted after years of conflict.
As with all of Frederick Taylor's books I have read or listened to, this one is well written and flows easily, the book describes who the German's struggled following the surrender on the 8 May 1945 to come to terms with what had been done in their name. One of the difficulties was that there was not just one victor, but there was 3 and later 4 (when France joined) for the Germans to deal with, all of whom expected different things and operated there own zones differently. Whilst the western allies attempted to deal with the civilians under it's control in a firm yet fair way the same can not be said for the Soviets who extracted as much as they could from there zone.
If you have an interest in post war Germany, and how a nation was re-built from a very low base to become one Europe's strongest then you should read this excellent book.
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