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In the Ruins of the Reich

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A classic account of Germany after her fall to the Allies in May 1945. Concentrates on the period between the collapse of the Reich and the foundation of the new Germanys, an unusual and little-charted time in history. Botting shows that the plan to bring democracy to Germany was far from straightforward. Douglas Botting is the author of "Nazi Gold" (with Ian Sayer) and "H ...more
Paperback, 419 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by Methuen Publishing (first published 1981)
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Reading this book is a revelation. Botting tells the story of Germany (with Berlin as the beating heart of his tale) right after it was defeated by the Allies in 1945: what he paints is, truly, apocalypse on earth, and on scale barely imaginable. The Germans did pay a terrible, awful price for their terrible, awful sins, and Botting is here to remind us of what this price was - not forgetting nevertheless why it happened, and what the Nazis did. It does raise a lot of fascinating question - abou ...more
This was a pretty hard-hitting book. Okay, so everyone has heard of the Holocaust, but I doubt most people know exactly what went on in Germany after WWII, during the Allied occupation. It wasn't pretty, and it happened to a lot of innocent people. We (in the US) might like to think that we're always the goodguys, but I'm not so sure that can really apply here. I don't think mass rape is really a thing that good people do.
This book isn't a piece of propaganda. It's absolutely based in fact, and
Feb 10, 2012 RJ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: history, war
After World War II the suffering wasn't over. Botting's book details the huge displacement of people that followed the war's end, especially so in the Soviet sphere.
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