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Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955 | Harald Jhner
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A revelatory--and internationally best-selling--history of the transformational decade after World War II when Germany raised itself out of the ashes of defeat, turned away from fascism, and reckoned with the corruption of its soul, and the horrors of the Holocaust. 1945 to 1955 was a raw, wild decade that found many Germans politically, economically, and morally bankrupt. Victorious Allied forces occupied the four zones that now make up Germany and more than half the population was displaced; 10 million newly released forced laborers and several million prisoners of war returned to an uncertain existence; cities lay in ruins--no mail, no trains, no traffic--with bodies still yet to be found beneath the towering rubble. Aftermath is the first history of Germany's national mentality in the immediate postwar years. Using major global political developments as a backdrop--and including eye-opening black-and-white photographs and posters from postwar Germany--Harald Jhner weaves a series of life stories into a nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. Poised between two eras, this decade is portrayed by Jhner as a period that proved decisive for Germany's future--and one starkly different from how most of us imagine it today. Aftermath helps to answer the question "How does a nation recover from fascism and turn toward a free society once more?"
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jlhammar
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So interesting. Scholarly, but not dry. Jahner asserts that the majority of Germans immediately following WWII saw themselves to be victims, “and thus had the dubious good fortune of not having to think about the real ones.” Book shown underneath is the amazing graphic memoir Belonging by Nora Krug.

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“There were 40 cubic metres of rubble for each surviving resident of Dresden.”

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@Suet624 Look what Robert got in the mail today! He is so kindly sharing this book with me.The preface has me hooked. Non-fiction takes me forever to read so not sure how long this will take me.

Suet624 I hope we both like it. 😳🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
BookBabe Oh wow. This looks like a good read. Nonfiction takes me forever too. #stacked! 7mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 @BookBabe just on chapter 1 but it is thought provoking with meticulous research. 7mo
Suet624 👍👍 7mo
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#bookmail Very much looking forward to reading these. Both were on the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist.

jlhammar @catiewithac Thank you! That sounds excellent. 7mo
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