Swansong 1945

by Walter Kempowski | 07 May 2015
Category: European History
Swansong 1945 brings together hundreds of letters, diary extracts and autobiographical accounts to chronicle four significant days in the last three weeks of WWII: 20 April, Hitler's last birthday; 25 April, when American and Soviet troops first met at the Elbe; 30 April, the day Hitler committed suicide; and 8 May, the day of the German surrender. Side by side in these pages, we encounter the voices of civilians fleeing on foot to the west, British and American POWs dreaming of home, concentration camp survivors, loyal soldiers from both sides of the conflict and national leaders including Churchill, Hitler and Mussolini.These first-hand accounts, which Walter Kempowski painstakingly collected, organised and shaped for publication over twenty years, provide the raw material of history unmediated by a historian's narrative. The voices of individuals speak for themselves, and through their many experiences, perspectives and situations, the condition of Europe during the final weeks of WWII is viscerally recreated. The displaced German population flees on foot, heading west with the forced death marches. While Germans mourn their lost Heimat , news of the Holocaust is becoming widespread. German suffering is manifest, along with German complicity in the Nazi regime. And in these pages can be glimpsed the emerging character of post-war Europe, its questions of dislocation, national identity and the treatment of memory still not completely resolved in Germany. A monumental account of survival, suffering, hope and despair, Swansong 1945 brings vividly to life a conflict whose repercussions are felt today.
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Swansong 1945 brings together hundreds of letters, diary extracts and autobiographical accounts to chronicle four significant days in the last three weeks of WWII: 20 April, Hitler's last birthday; 25 April, when American and Soviet troops first met at the Elbe; 30 April, the day Hitler committed suicide; and 8 May, the day of the German surrender. Side by side in these pages, we encounter the voices of civilians fleeing on foot to the west, British and American POWs dreaming of home, concentration camp survivors, loyal soldiers from both sides of the conflict and national leaders including Churchill, Hitler and Mussolini.These first-hand accounts, which Walter Kempowski painstakingly collected, organised and shaped for publication over twenty years, provide the raw material of history unmediated by a historian's narrative. The voices of individuals speak for themselves, and through their many experiences, perspectives and situations, the condition of Europe during the final weeks of WWII is viscerally recreated. The displaced German population flees on foot, heading west with the forced death marches. While Germans mourn their lost Heimat , news of the Holocaust is becoming widespread. German suffering is manifest, along with German complicity in the Nazi regime. And in these pages can be glimpsed the emerging character of post-war Europe, its questions of dislocation, national identity and the treatment of memory still not completely resolved in Germany. A monumental account of survival, suffering, hope and despair, Swansong 1945 brings vividly to life a conflict whose repercussions are felt today.
Currently out of stock
Delivery 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery
54 Reward Points

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€18.20
Currently out of stock
Delivery 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery
54 Reward Points

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!

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Swansong 1945 brings together hundreds of letters, diary extracts and autobiographical accounts to chronicle four significant days in the last three weeks of WWII: 20 April, Hitler's last birthday; 25 April, when American and Soviet troops first met at the Elbe; 30 April, the day Hitler committed suicide; and 8 May, the day of the German surrender. Side by side in these pages, we encounter the voices of civilians fleeing on foot to the west, British and American POWs dreaming of home, concentration camp survivors, loyal soldiers from both sides of the conflict and national leaders including Churchill, Hitler and Mussolini.These first-hand accounts, which Walter Kempowski painstakingly collected, organised and shaped for publication over twenty years, provide the raw material of history unmediated by a historian's narrative. The voices of individuals speak for themselves, and through their many experiences, perspectives and situations, the condition of Europe during the final weeks of WWII is viscerally recreated. The displaced German population flees on foot, heading west with the forced death marches. While Germans mourn their lost Heimat , news of the Holocaust is becoming widespread. German suffering is manifest, along with German complicity in the Nazi regime. And in these pages can be glimpsed the emerging character of post-war Europe, its questions of dislocation, national identity and the treatment of memory still not completely resolved in Germany. A monumental account of survival, suffering, hope and despair, Swansong 1945 brings vividly to life a conflict whose repercussions are felt today.

Product Details

Swansong 1945

ISBN9781847086419

Format

Publisher (07 May. 2015)

No. of Pages384

Weight341

Language English (United States)

Dimensions 198 x 129 x 37