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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  867 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Sostinė iškentė daugiau oro antskrydžių nei kuri kita Vokietijos vietovė, atlaikė siaubingą sovietų apsiaustį 1945 metais. Anglų istorikas, Antrojo pasaulinio karo ekspertas Rogeris Moorhouse, pasitelkęs nepublikuotus dienoraščius, memuarus ir interviu, knygoje Kariaujantis Berlynas atkuria sukrečiantį gyvenimo ir mirties paveikslą nacių sostinėje: badą, nesibaigiančias ei ...more
Hardcover, 588 pages
Published June 2013 by Obuolys (first published 2010)
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Geevee
A book rich in subject matter and haunting in its coverage. Mr Moorhouse has written a detailed yet very readable book on Berlin and Berliners from the high days of Hitler's birthday parade in 1939 to its near complete levelling in May 1945.

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
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Steph
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book well researched, informative and interesting to read. It discusses life in Berlin under Nazi rule. The author uses diary entries and interviews to tell the story of a country that is rebuilt and given so much hope by it's Fuhrer but tragically plunges into utter devastation within a few short years. Not only did millions of racial and ethnic groups suffer and perish under Hitler's rule, but millions of German citizens, many driven by Nazi propaganda, perished while fighting a h ...more
Bon Tom
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like always in the case of these monumental historical works, I wonder about the sheer amount of work necessary to acquire all these facts, testimonials, and put them into coherent unit.

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
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Joyce
I'm always fascinated by books about the home front during war, but most of what I've read have been novels. This is nonfiction, thoroughly researched from journals, interviews, letters, memoirs, archives. It's a compelling social history filled with intriguing details from Hitler's 50 birthday celebration in Berlin in 1939 to the Soviet soldiers' occupation of the city at the end of the war. How residents reacted to the ruthless removal of Jews from the city, to the frequent bombings of a city ...more
Rob Kitchin
Roger Moorhouse’s premise for writing Berlin at War was that much has been written about the Nazi Party, leading figures, the German armed forces, various campaigns and theatres of war, and the Holocaust, but little has been written about the lives of ordinary Germans during the war. In Berlin at War he seeks to rectify this by using documentary evidence and war diaries to examine the lives of Berliners, and those living in the city such as diplomats, journalists and forced labourers, during the ...more
Jill Meyer
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roger Moorhouse's new history, "Berlin at War" is a terrific view of Germany's capital city during WW2. Moorhouse covers every phase of life for those who lived in the city - whether by choice because they were residents - or by force, because they were foreign laborers brought into Berlin from the occupied countries to help with the war effort. He obviously interviewed many Berliners about their lives during the war, as well as depending on diaries and official documents of the German governmen ...more
David Lowther
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Berlin at War is an outstandingly comprehensive record of the daily lives of ordinary Berliners during the Second World War. The great events of the war; the campaigns, the Holocaust and so on, serve as backgrounds to the trials, tribulations, threats, tragedies, discomforts and homelessness suffered by the population of the capital of the Third Reich.

Roger Moorhouse has done a huge amount of research and the result is a large number of eye witness statements, extracts from diaries, photographs
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Michael Flanagan
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww-2
This book is a shining example in a sea of books of World War II history. Roger Moorhouse manages to bring wartime Berlin to life in the readers mind. The book is exhaustedly researched and covers a wide range of topics the author bring together both personal accounts and academic research into a Tour de force. From the dreams of the Third Reich to build a capital like no other to the day to day struggle for survival of the normal citizens this book an addictive read.
Jenny T
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, read-in-2011
This was fascinating! A clearly-written, well-researched look into what the average citizens of Berlin went through during World War 2. I learned some interesting new German concepts and words (muckefuck! hamsterfahrten!) but all new terms were well-explained.

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
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Emily Klein
I had really mixed feelings about this book. Pieces of it were fascinating and it's a story that hasn't been told. Early parts of it felt somewhat unsubstantiated - I felt like he quoted the same people over and over again and made serious claims based on that. But as the book progressed that changed and the sections on the bombing of Berlin, rationing, and the invasion of the Soviets were very good. He also really seems to feel that the evidence suggests Berliners didn't really support Hitler a ...more
Nickstarfield
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books about Berlin, the most of which concentrate mainly on the Battle of Berlin and the aftermath. Here in "Berlin At War" by Roger Moorhouse we get better glimpse of how the Berliners themselves lived during Word War II. From the rise of power of the Nazis, the initial victory parades, the food rationing, the many foreign labourers brought to the capital from occupied countries, the massive air raids, the life in the bunkers until the German city finally endured the full force ...more
Paul
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This is an interesting book for those that are interested in more than what Hitler was doing during the war. This book explains how the average Berliner coped during the war.

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.
Andrew
'Berlin at War' is an example of how well historians can continue to develop new insights, or expand old ones when writing about World War II, and more specifically Nazi Germany. Moorhouse has undoubtedly reflected on the success of other authors such as Antony Beevor and similarly used a mix of oral, written and official history to compile a narrative that takes his reader through the multiple levels of the wartime experiences of Berliners. It is an extremely competent and readable title.

If one
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Charles Lewis
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I keep think I don't need to read another book about Nazi Germany. But I keep finding new ones with an unusual point of view. This is one of those books. There is a lot here. Some of it I found discouraging because of the general loyalty to Hitler. But at the same time thousands resisted in their on way and many more risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbours. One of the best chapters, Against All Odds, is about the famous Rossenstrasse demonstration. It concerns an incident in which the ...more
Maria
Moorhouse collected primary sources and interviewed hundreds to write a history of what it was like for the civilians of Berlin during the Second World War.

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
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Richard Harrison
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overview of the issues affecting ordinary Berliners during the war and some excellent detail gained from first hand accounts but on the whole whilst the author's examination is broad in scope, it some what lacks in depth. For instance, no one can adequately describe the Battle of Berlin in 24 pages.

A good read and definitely worth of a purchase but not quite at the leven of 'A Woman in Berlin' or Beevors 'Berlin'
David Bisset
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evocative social history

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.
Michelle
So I’m an outlier here. This was actually a very well written book, but I only gave it three stars because I could put it down fairly easily. I did learn a lot of new things and I’m really glad I read it, but it was kind of hard to really get into. One of my kids read it really fast though. So maybe it depends on the person.
B
I know something of the subject, what Germans went through during World War II, as my grandfather was a soldier, and my mother, her siblings, my grandmother, and other various relatives lived through it and experienced the bombings, the deprivations, etc.

However, this book provided so many more details, filled in many holes, etc. that I found it absolutely fascinating. Highly recommend..
William
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Dense, well-researched, well-written. A must-read for those with an interest in the civilians who were directly affected by the conflict. And recommended for anyone with an interest in Berlin under the Nazis -- and the Allied bombs.
Kiana
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really excellent book if you are interested in the many different affects of WWII. Moorhouse perfectly combines facts with stories, so you can really get a feel for how Berlin was during the war. His writing is excellent and really moves you, a great read!
Paul Grant
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great research tool - well written
Martin
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-history
Makes for fascinating reading of what the ordinary German went through during this traumatic period.
Vivek
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this book at Berlin Airport after a holiday there. It provides an interesting insight into the lives of ordinary Berliners during the war. About the good and bad.
Monthly Book Group
The proposer had made four recent visits to Berlin and has a fascination with the city. He mentioned that more attention is paid there to the fall of the Berlin Wall than to the darker history of the war yearsHe considered Roger Moorhouse’s book to be well-researched, and successful in capturing what it must have been like to live through the war years in Berlin. We agreed with this, finding Moorhouse’s writing style fluent and engaging, and enjoying the tapestry of subjective viewpoints quoted ...more
Kelley
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moorhouse has written an interesting history that is a unique in the World War 2 history of Germany. Instead of focusing on people or events, he has written about how the war affected the German capital of Berlin, especially from the regular person's point of view. He examines various facets of society, both the Nazi's supporters and those who were victimized by the Nazi's, primarily Jews. His history covers many aspects of life in the city throughout the war years. Reading about rationing, lear ...more
David Bird
Overall, this is a well-done book within the bounds of popular history. The author uses many interviews with Berliners of the period. On the one hand, these often provide vivid details. On the other, none emerges as a strong individual voice. Perhaps I am spoiled from reading A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary but I find that extreme circumstances are more effectively evoked by particularity than by generalization.

The contrast between the city on April 20, 1939, celeb
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Loren
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gives a different view of what you will see elsewhere-brings home the fear of war, the incredible sacrifices made by Berliners during this time yet somehow they made it through (for the most part). Although the tension filled final days and hours must have been particularly and stressful.

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
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Converse

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

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Em
The amount of social history already available on the Second World War is staggering, but this book is an absolutely necessary addition. I've read so much about WWII era London and much of the other popular stories, in my experience, focus on the "good cities" of the war - Londoners huddled in the Underground during the Blitz, Parisians weeping as Hitler strolls down the Champs-Élysées, the resistance of the Warsaw ghetto, and New Yorkers kissing in the street on VJ Day. It's so easy to paint hi ...more
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Living the Dream. Historian and author of an international bestseller - "Berlin at War" was #1 in Lithuania :-) - as well as a couple of other books, such as "Killing Hitler" and "The Wolf's Lair"

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 "
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