AFTER the REICH: From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift
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In 1945, Germany was a nation in
tatters. Swaths of its population were despairing, homeless, bombed out and on
the move. Refugees streamed toward the west, and soldiers made their way home,
often scarring the villages they passed through with parting shots of savagery.
Politically the country was neutered, carved into zones of occupation. While Britain
and America were loath to repeat the crippling reparations demands of the
Treaty of Versailles, Russia bayed for blood, stripping their own zone of
everything from rail tracks to lavatory bowls.
After the Reich is the first history to give the full picture of
Germany’s bitter journey to reconstruction.
Historian Giles MacDonogh
expertly charts the varied experiences of all who found themselves in the
German melting pot. His narrative unveils shocking truths about how people continued
to treat each other, even outside the confines of war. It is a crucial lesson
for our times.
Softcover, 656 pages