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on 22 June 2008
This book was not what i expected, it is a series of essay with an introduction of each essay, the essays are based on the authors meetings with the people discussed. At first the book struck me as overly patronising repeating the same ideas at the start, however after the first few pages this entirely dissapates and i somewhat regret thinking that. The book is the first time that i have ever really thought about the social -rather than military and political- implications of the Second World War. At times very critical and i felt about judgemental and bias about the actual people discussed. Often describing them as murderers which i suppose they are. However at the end of the Book it does neatly some up that however disgusting peoples actions may be in the past it is Human nature, and society that is to blame. Definately worth a read and very relevant, i for one re-evaulated my life and put it in perspective after hearing about the harring tales of murder and cannibalism. Although it was the rape that really disgusted me, Masayo Enomotos description of how easy it was to do, then later on Waltraud Reski's disturbing tale of her mothers rape at the hands of the Red Army. It really makes you question how easy it is to manipulate peoples beliefs to make them do evil and yet how it is the very belief systems themselves that make people do the most heroic things, the very fact they can stand and say "i wont let this happen" Definately worth a read. In the end this is one mans opinion of peoples circumstances, but he does also give you the evidence to make up your own minds. You can tell he worked hard on this it is very well written, and excellently researched and indexed.
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