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Presents a Living Picture of Life in Koenigsberg.till 1945.
on 24 May 2017
On the one hand. It may be true as other reviewers point out, that in comparison with some other texts, the actual Fall of Koenigsberg is dealt with in less detail than the title of this book might otherwise suggest; and that most of the book is simply spent in building up to and setting the picture for that.
Equally however, what sets this book apart and would certainly make me include it in any 'East Prussia Collection' in English or German, is the living picture this author presents of everyday life in that vibrant, once great city in the decades up to the showdown in 1945. She enters skilfullly into the social and economic background of this handsome old East Prussian capital and brings it alive in a way that no other writers seem to do. And in this rather than in the military aspect, she has provided a real contributuion to the genre.