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".
Within each chapter ...more
When trying to analyze WWII and Holocaust, I guess one of the first questions that comes to mind is, did they (regular German people) know what was happening and what their fuhrer was doing? Almost at the same time, we dismiss this as retorical question. Of course they did. They must have.
But perhaps not. Not all ...more
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.
If one ...more
Why I started this book: My grandma was one of those civilians and I was interested in learning if her memories and stories were typical of the city.
Why I finished it: Fascinating, and a sad reminder that Berlin then, like Berlin now, had the biggest gay community, most Communist party members, and Jewish community in Germany... Hitler tried ...more
A good read and definitely worth of a purchase but not quite at the leven of 'A Woman in Berlin' or Beevors 'Berlin'
The author has studied many primary sources in order to chronicle what happened to Berliners during the Second World War. His narrative is gripping. He presents material which I have never seen before. This book is for aficionados of the period and for those with lesser interest. Many of his discoveries are unexpected and show the complexity of the Nazi regime.
However, this book provided so many more details, filled in many holes, etc. that I found it absolutely fascinating. Highly recommend..
The contrast between the city on April 20, 1939, celeb ...more
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
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