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The German Trauma: Experiences and Reflections 1938-2001

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In 1945, Germany underwent a radical political transformation, moving certainly and irreversibility from dictatorship to freedom under a model federal constitution. But despite this remarkable public success, and the economic revival that accompanied it, the experience of war remains current in the imagination of Germans. Indeed, so total was their defeat, so complete was...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published January 1st 2000)
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Gabriel Schoenfeld
After decades spent probing for some "new truth" about the men who slaughtered millions, Gitta Sereny is strikingly unable to convey what she has learned. Offering some thinly considered platitudes about the ills of "racism," she speaks about the Nazi gas chambers in the same breath as "the disproportionate number of blacks on death row in America" and "the apparent unwillingness of the rich white West to supply poor black Africa" with medication for AIDS. This conjunction of incommensurables ec...more
Virginia
Really interesting book of Gitta Sereny's journalism. Some of the things she felt very strongly about:
1. the distinction between concentration camps and the extermination camps. The KZ (concentration camps) were appalling enough, and millions died of exposure, brutality, punishment, disease, starvation, etc., but they were primarily forced labour and penal camps. The camps in eastern Poland - Belzec, Chelmno, Sobibor and Treblinka - existed for one purpose only: to murder Jews, gypsies, Poles, c...more
Roger
Gitta Sereny has been writing about the Third Reich and The Holocaust ever since the War. As a young volunteer nurse in France in World War II, she was nearly arrested by the Gestapo for resistance activities; ironically, given her hatred for Germany and Germans, she was tipped off about her impending arrest by a German Officer, and successfully made it to the USA via Spain.

After the war she returned to Europe, working for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), whic...more
Prooost Davis
Gitta Sereny has been writing about Nazi crimes for many years, most notably in her books Into That Darkness (about the Treblinka death camp) and Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth This book is a brief summation of her experiences with Germany and Germans between the years 1938 and 2001. Among the subjects covered are the kidnappings of Polish children and the more "Aryan" of them being put up for adoption by childless German couples; Holocaust denial; the "Hitler Diaries" and other hoaxes; the...more
Ruby
To be honest, I did not read every chapter.

The thing with this book is - it assumes a lot of knowledge about the Second World War. It throws names and important historical moments at you without any introduction. I'm also not entirely sure about the book's point: autobiography? Single fragments? I thought, from the blurb and the title, that it'd be about how Germany dealt with its guilt. Sadly, it was a bit more all over the place. Still, it does have a lot of interesting, shocking and moving i...more
KOMET
"THE HEALING WOUND" is a memoir that is also a reflection on a Europe that has evolved over the decades from a fractious, war-doomed continent to a vibrant, democratic society.
Mic
This book should be read more than once - by everyone that can read and think!
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Gitta Sereny was a journalist, biographer and historian. She passed away in England aged 91, following a long illness.

Gitta attributed her fascination with evil to her own experiences of Nazism as a child of central Europe in the early 20th century. Hers was not a happy childhood. She was born in Vienna, the daughter of a beautiful Austrian actress, whom she later described as "without moral opin...more
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