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The Many Faces of Defeat

Peterson, Edward N.

The Many Faces of Defeat

The German People's Experience in 1945

Series: American University Studies - Volume 88

Year of Publication: 1990

New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. 375 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-1351-8 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.580 kg, 1.279 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book examines the great variety of experiences of the German people at the end of World War II, beginning with the frightening bombings, the passage of armies, the imprisonment of soldiers and civilians, the troop occupation of each of five separate zones, plus Berlin and Königsberg, and their impact on the defeated. This experience ranged from a liberation from the SS, to an enormous relief that the war's killing was over, to the rapings of women, particularly in the east, to a massive looting and destruction, again worst in the east, and the expulsion of millions from their ancestral homes. The beginnings of recovery and self-government in the four zones, moving particularly quickly in the American zone. The fundamental result everywhere: Hunger.


Contents: The life and death of Germans - War's bombings - Imprisonment and occupation of five zones, plus Berlin and Königsberg - The shattering, liberating and repressive experiences.


«The first comprehensive account in English, of how German civilians and soldiers fared at the hands of US, British, French, Soviet, and Polish military forces at the end of WW II. Based on German and foreign memoirs and relevant archival sources, his new book paints a graphic picture and offers a sensible interpretation of the horrendous price that countless Germans paid for Hitler's war and terror. College, university, and public libraries.» (G.P. Blum, University of the Pacific)


American University Studies: Series 9, History. Vol. 88