Berlin at War
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From the descriptive start of the Prologue Führerwetter (Führer weather) that greeted Berlin and its people on 20th April 1939, Mr Moorhouse provides a thematic approach to his book subtitled "Life and Death in Hitler's Capital, 1939-1945".
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Roger Moorhouse has done a huge amount of research and the result is a large number of eye witness statements, extracts from diaries, photographs ...more
Among the sections I found the most interesting: the rampant crime, yet party atmosphere of blackout conditions; the efforts of the Jewish Underground (whose members were nicknamed U-boats and included Jewish and Christian people from all ...more
The book pulls no punches and it is very interesting, as someone who is from Polish stock though I do have very little sympathy for the Germans. But it is clear that the ordinary Berliner did suffer during the war.
It is a good book worth reading if you want to broaden your historical knowledge.
That being said it both confirmed and changed some of my feelings for the Germans from that time. Even though I feel I understand them better I don't think the love of order and stoicism can justify the crimes a ...more
Berlin at War recounts the experiences of the denizens of Berlin mainly during the Second World War, with some recounting of events in the 1930s that affected the war time experiences of the city. The author quotes from many memoirs, and interviewed some who were alive at the time. The author covers several topics that were new to me, such as the experiences of Jews who assumed another identity to avoid being caught (and the gentiles most of them needed to help them), the details of the grand...more
The contrast between the city on April 20, 1939, celeb ...more
Moorehouse draws from a wealth of primary source m ...more
I would call myself a specialist in Nazi Germany, but I fear that would scare most people off, so I'll just call myself a writer of history books.
My current book (published in the UK in August 2014) is " ...more