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Tragi-comic diversions – “Goodbye to Berlin”, Christopher Isherwood

May 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Tragi-comic diversions – “Goodbye to Berlin”, Christopher Isherwood · Genocide, WW2

“My existence, in comparison with yours, is sadly hum-drum, I fear… Nevertheless, there are certain tragi-comic diversions.” “What sort of diversions?” “This for example –“ Bernhard went over to his writing-desk picked up a sheet of paper and handed it to me: “It arrived by post this morning.” I read the typed words: Berhard Landauer, […]

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Speer’s Resistance to Scorched Earth – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Speer’s Resistance to Scorched Earth – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · History, Humanism, Totalitarianism, WW2

It was Albert Speer’s latest memorandum which had suddenly triggered Hitler’s insistence on a scorched-earth policy to the end. When Speer tried to persuade Hitler in the early hours of that morning that bridges should not be blown up unnecessarily, because their destruction meant ‘eliminating all further possibility for the German people to survive’, Hitler’s […]

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Communism Expectations of Economic Security – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Communism Expectations of Economic Security – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Communism, Democracy, Economics, WW2

Red Army soldiers were astonished to see wirelesses in so many houses. The evidence of their eyes strongly implied that the Soviet Union was perhaps not quite the workers’ and peasants’ paradise they had been told. East Prussian farms produced a mixture of bewilderment, jealousy, admiration and anger which alarmed political officers.

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Berlin and Stalingrad – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Berlin and Stalingrad – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · War, WW2

On 1 February 1943, an angry Soviet colonel collared a group of emaciated German prisoners in the rubble of Stalingrad. ‘That’s how Berlin is going to look!’ he yelled, point to the ruined buildings all around. When I read those words some six years ago, I sensed immediately what my next book had to be.

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German Terrorism in WW1 – “The Guns of August 1914” – Barbara Tuchman

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on German Terrorism in WW1 – “The Guns of August 1914” – Barbara Tuchman · Human Rights, War, WW1

The turn of events in Belgium was a product of the German theory of terror. Clausewitz had prescribed terror as the proper method to shorten war, his whole theory of war being based on the necessity of making it short, sharp and decisive. He said the civil population must not be exempted from war’s effects […]

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