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on 29 August 2011
Roger Moorhouse has given us a falrly new look at the Second World War,from the ordinary Berliner's view point. Unlike the propaganda films of the time,where Germany was portrayed as The Master Race, ordinary Berliner's were a pretty cynical lot from the off. Not noted a Nazi stronghold & probably the most cosmopolitan of German cities,nevertheless the capital's citizenry were swept up in the whole War business. Even before the start of the war, things were pretty rough with rationing & privations from day one. As the war progressed the lot of the Berliner got steadilly worse,first coming under attack from the RAF at night & subsequently from the US 8th Air Force by day. It is the day to day story of survival within the confines of a dictatorship where the dangers from the air were easily outweighed by the dangers from ones neighbours who might be Gestapo informers. At the start I said it was a "fairly new" point of view because much of this was already,expertly, covered by William Shirer and Mr Moorehouse quotes Shirer so extensively that I almost forgot who's book I was reading.
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