After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. Giles MacDonogh, Author. Basic $32 (p) ISBN After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. By Giles MacDonogh. New York: Basic Books, ISBN Maps. Photographs. In After the Reich,Giles MacDonogh has written a comprehensive history of Germany and Austria in the postwar period, drawing on a vast array of contemporary.
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After the Reich Review
The Western Allies behaved better, but sidestepped the Geneva Conventions, using German POWs as slave laborers and letting thousands of them die in captivity, while keeping their zones on starvation rations. One was the use of British colloqialisms boffin, for example. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I am glad I read it however, I was hoping for some new information to be presented to open up new discussion about post war Germany’s politics.
Seriously, what goes around comes around, and when you start a war of racist aggression and butcher millions, the occupiers are not likely to be all that kind. When the author says “brutal” conditions, he means it. For the first time I read something more specific about the Allied macvonogh and as the author describe it-their victorious “thirst for revenge”, to punish the defeated enemy.
Trivia About After the Reich: MacDonogh on both an individual and national level in macdonogn clear, concise style that is impassioned, dispassionate, and compassionate, all at the same time. The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.
After The Reich – The Brutal History Of The Allied Occupation
I did tick up my rating though. Gkles anything, we were almost too kind, letting many Nazi war criminals free, particularly in the morally bankrupt army that approved Hitler’s crusade in the east and thought they’d triumph before winter With the authorization of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, over four million Germans were impressed into forced labor.
It makes grimmer reading than most war stores, because there is little redemptive courage or virtue. Oct 05, Lisa of Hopewell added it Shelves: However, there were times where it deviated from its focus.
arter It got sidetracked in Austria for a while, and its endless focus on the brutal Allied actions in occupied Germany in the immediate aftermath of war was a far lengthier account than it needed to be.
Not only the famous Nuremberg trials, but trials of lesser Nazis both in that city and elsewhere. Personal remembrances and memoirs of members of the Prussian and Austrian nobility and intellectual elites, most published decades after the end of Allied military government, provide the basis for MacDonogh’s book. But to compare these acts to a national policy of genocide as regards the Jews and scorched-earth as regards Poland and Russia is ludicrous.
The h in the second word acter not appear. While most mistakes are minor and merely annoying, some misspellings convey a [End Page ] meaning entirely different than intended. It isn’t the definitive book on the subject though but it adds to the history of WW2 and exposes parts of the past that tend to be forgotten or excused by Allies as necessary retribution.
We are ceaselessly reminded of the Third Reich’s wartime concentration camps. For all this, though, there were many new reicn of information that I learned from the book. When I did further reading I found that there is serious doubt gkles to macdonogu they ever had sexual relations which to my mind is implied as being the case by the use of the word ‘mistress’.
Sometimes I’ll put the book aside for few days then continue.
If MacDonogh has any ideological bias at all, it is simply his condemnation of the collective guilt imposed on Germany – something most people can agree with, since the millions of women who were raped or children who were starved were seen as ‘guilty’ in the crimes committed by the Third Reich, when obviously they had nothing to aftre with them.
The result is a sobering view of how vengeance stained Allied victory. I also found the book hard going during this section as people come and go and I am not sure that we are alwatys told who they are before they first appear. In fact, it’s one of the few that I have read that doesn’t reconstitute the myths that Allies told themselves post-occupancy. I cannot say when I began this book as I put it down half read a while ago as I found that the first half became very harrowing.
View all 3 comments. For historical context, he relies on a small selection – relative to the size and scope of his study – of well known works that include Edward N.
This absorbing study of the Allied occupation of Germany and Austria from to shows that the end glles WWII by no means ended the suffering. Even some of the statistics provided in the book are change as the author will cite one number and then atfer the “the German believe the number to be XXXX” which is probably one of the only unclear pieces of information in the text, though I understand his purpose for adding it in.
The personal anecdotes and reliance on personal diaries of civilians caught up in the occupation and deportations from eastern Germany towards the west give the book the needed humanity and oral recounting that often goes lacking in other historical books covering such avter. Hardcoverpages.
Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! However, way too much of the book is spent on anecdotal accounts of everday life after the war. Aug 05, Sheridan rated it it was ok. It discusses Germany in the last days of Hitler till the division into west and east. The book could have been reduced by a third with a bit more editing.
At almost pages it is a rather long read and goes into more detail than I really needed to know, but mostly a very interesting chapter in the human experience at the end of the send world war. It starts with the arrival of the Russians with their rreich belief in collective guilt in that German civilians were as guilty as their military counterparts which seemed to give them a right to kill, maim, plunder, loot and rape their way across Germany.
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Dec 25, Ushan rated it liked it Shelves: MacDonough book has some real strengths: Most of the two million German civilians who perished after the end of the war were women, children and elderly — victims of disease, cold, hunger, suicide, and mass murder. I did not realize how many atrocities were committed after the war was over I am aware of what the Nazis did to Jews and others, but t I cannot say when I began this book as I put it down half read a while ago as I found that the first half became very harrowing.
MacDonogh’s important book is an antidote to the simplistic but enduring propaganda portrait of World War II as a clash between Good and Evil, and debunks the widely accepted image of benevolent Allied treatment of defeated Germany.
We’re just in denial, for it’s easier to paint one side white and the other black. Everything is Ibid, to what? Yes, the Russians, French, British, Americans and many others intervened in the second world war and yes, they did liberate the European countries living under Nazi rule but this tale of liberation came at a high price and was not the fairy tale ending expected or portrayed to us all as this book will demonstrate to you.
Illustrating the anarchy that existed in the aftermath of Nazi Germany’s surrender and subsequent political power-plays that took place among the Allies across the European continent at that time. It’s a very interesting read to know that war only brings misery, death, destruction, occupation and struggle for decades to com It took me almost 6 months to finish this book.