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A must have book.
on 20 February 2012
If you're interested in the dying days of WW2 in Eastern Europe (as I am) then this is a fantastic book. Graphically written by the author, it's the tale of the siege of Breslau in 1945. Of how this city of around 600,000 came to be cut off from the rest of Germany and yet held out longer than Berlin, Konigsberg and others. Of how it eventually fell to the Soviets, followed by the rape and pillage of it's citizens. And finally their expulsion from their ancestral homes, to be replaced by Poles who had also been expelled from their homes further east - mainly Lwow.
This is a story that is unknown to most of us in the West. Much of it is extremely moving and horrific. The tales of the Hitler Youth boy who looked down into the mud and saw the face of a soldier who had been crushed under the tracks of a tank staring back at him and the Russian soldier who threw a young German boy into a house on fire in revenge for the death of his own children are particularly horrifying.
A fine book, excellently written. I found it hard to put down and would highly recommended it.