Greta G
Greta G asked Clare O'Beara:

Hi Clare, I noticed you added two books in the list After the fall of the Third Reich, that are mainly about the war years. There are plenty other lists about WWII, but no other that I know off, dedicated to the aftermath of the war. Also, one of those books is fiction, and a romance. Do you agree that they really don't belong in the list ? Before I remove them, I wanted to ask your opinion. Kind regards

Clare O'Beara Hi Greta,
Thanks for your question.
I have read both A Horse In My Kit Bag and My Time In The War and both are autobiographies, not fiction. They do deal mainly with the war years, but both contain eye witness accounts by young Irish women of the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the Reich. I am sorry I don't have any books dealing more fully with your topic.
Romy's story does not contain as much of this material, so of course I will remove it if you deem it unsuitable.
But Olga, who ran a field kitchen immediately behind the front lines, saw the liberation of a concentration camp and what remained of a German village after the Russians had taken revenge. These parts of the story are quite tough to read. She also describes the chaos across Europe in the aftermath, and the gradual withdrawal of Allied troops. I contend that Olga's story deserves a place in your list, even as a jumping-off point for books set from 1945 on.
Let me know how you decide, because it is your list and I will remove books if you are sure they don't suit. Just so you know, you can message about lists by posting in the comment box under a list.

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