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Twilight of the Gods: A Swedish Waffen-SS Volunteer's Experiences with the 11th SS-Panzergrenadier Division 'Nordland', Eastern
on 4 March 2012
If you're looking for a personal account of the bitter fighting on the Eastern Front then this is for you. But(and for me it's a big but)some of the comments are a bit too Sven Hassel and apologistic for me. He only seems to have fought Asiatics and the casual racism is possibly down to the translation or more likely an example of the times it reflects (not sure why I expect a member of the SS to not be racist to a degree). There are several statements about slave labourers and how they were better off being saved from Stalin by the Nazi's and brought to live in harsh but eminently better conditions in the slave camps. I found this kind of subtle (and often not so subtle) "we were the first European army saving Europe from the Asiatic barbarian Red hordes" a little wearing after a while. I'm sure he believed it (he was a volunteer after all) but I don't.
Accounts of day to day life in the SS are not that common and there is lots that is good here but the authors views presented as historical truth left me with a nasty taste in my mouth sometimes.