I laid my eyes on this book in Berlin in the early nineties and was on the brink of buying it, but something came up and... In the summer 2014 I was in Berlin and looked after this item after years of regretting the non-buying years ago. When I found it on Amazon it was lika a gift. It is heavy reading (in German which I was rather good at at school), not because of the language but because of the volume of now mostly forgotten realities which surfaced daily directly after the victory over Nazi Germany. Now, when other wars have been lost or won this is a most interesting picture of the gigantic and troublesam work of making peace in central Europe a reality. For all interested in the complex of the history of Europe from 1945 this is a book which is written neither by the victors nor by the losers, but rather both in a fairly truthful and realistic mode. I warmly recommend this book to all interested in contemporary history!