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After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation txt After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation, text ebook After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation, adobe reader After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation, chapter 2 After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation, After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation 6733d8 When The Third Reich Collapsed In , The Allied Powers Converged On Germany And Divided It Into Four Zones Of Occupation A Nation In Tatters, In Many Places Literally Flattened By Bombs, Was Suddenly Subjected To Brutal Occupation By Vengeful Victors Rape Was Rampant Hundreds Of Thousands Of Germans And German Speakers Died In The Course Of Brutal Deportations From Eastern Europe By The End Of The Year, Germany Was Literally Starving To Death Over A Million German Prisoners Of War Died In Captivity, Where They Were Subjected To Inadequate Rations And Often Tortured All Told, An Astounding Million German Civilians Died Violent Deaths In The Period Between The Liberation Of Vienna And The Berlin Airlift A Shocking Account Of A Massive And Vicious Military Occupation, After The Reich Offers A Bold Reframing Of The History Of World War II And Its Aftermath Historian Giles MacDonogh Has Unearthed A Record Of Brutality Which Has Been Largely Ignored By Historians Or, Worse, Justified As Legitimate Retaliation For The Horror Of The Holocaust Drawing On A Vast Array Of Contemporary Firstperson Accounts, MacDonogh Has Finally Given A Voice To Tens Of Millions Of Civilians Who, Lucky To Survive The War, Found Themselves Struggling To Survive A Hellish Peace

About the Author: Giles MacDonogh

Giles MacDonogh born 1955 is a British writer, historian and translator.MacDonogh has worked as a journalist, most notably for the Financial Times 1988 2003 , where he covered food, drink and a variety of other subjects He has also contributed to most of the other important British newspapers, and is a regular contributor to the Times As an historian, MacDonogh concentrates on central Eur

10 thoughts on “After the Reich: The Brutal History of Allied Occupation

  1. says:

    I had so many issues with this book First, I had thought the book was supposed to be an overview of the post war years in Germany, from WWII through the creation of the FRG and the GDR on into the 1960s or even the 1970s Instead, it focused almost entirely on the mid to late 1940s from the last part of the war through the occupation, and ending with the creation of the two nation Germany The author, MacDonogh, spends much of the first half of the book listing all the horrible things the Allied troops did to the German people rape, murder, theft on both the small and the grand scale He makes no attempt to hide the fact that he considers the atrocities perpetrated by the Allies to be just as bad as those things done by the Germans to their neighboring countries and even to their own people not to mention all the horrible things done to the Jewish race.Don t misunderstand there are plenty of examples of individual Allied troops committing crimes against German civilians In the case of the Soviet Army, especially, the pillaging and acts of revenge were on a wide scale 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 generally accepted estimate is that 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis add to that all the homosexuals, foreign nationals, political prisoners, religious minorities, and others that were relieved of all their possessions, herded into concentration camps, and used as slave labor until they dropped from sheer exhaustion In many cases, those who managed to survive this experience returned to their homes to find that everything they had owned had been given away to others.This main premise that the Allied armies were just as bad as the Nazis was my main issue with the book There were others Anytime one of the people quoted in the book refers to the English army, MacDonogh made sure to insert the notation sic meaning, I m sure, that it was the British army, since England is only one part of the nation of Great Britain All well and good except then he constantly referred to the Russians or the Russian army , when any historian of the era can tell you that the same idea applies Russia was only part of the nation of the USSR.The author several times refers to the theft of artwork owned by Hitler, Goering, and the German state in general yet, as I learned in The Rape of Europa, much of this artwork was bought from French, Dutch and Austrian dealers after the pieces were stolen from art museums or private collections throughout Europe.For all this, though, there were many new pieces of information that I learned from the book For instance, I was unaware that, immediately after the war, Austria and Vienna were divided up into sections much like Germany and Berlin It s for these occasional bits of new information that I rated the book as highly as I did.

  2. says:

    Even as I m just starting this book it grips me rightaway I was raised just after WW2, in Holland, as it was still smarting from the occupation, in a city Rotterdam where I could still see the charred buildings from when the center city was bombed away by aerial bombardment in the Blitzkrieg, May 5th of 1940 In the midst of this circle of charred buildings a new city center was going up during my schoolyears There was plenty of knee jerk hatred of the Germans around, however in my parents home I was raised with a profound appreciation of German culture, and influences that ranged from psychology and psychotherapy to antroposophy Rudolf Steiner and the Christengemeinshaft So I ended up with German as my first second language, long before I knew that I would end up with English as my second first language.And I heard many of the stories first hand of what the end of the occupation was like in Holland, and the end of the war in Germany as well I knew first hand many people who were displaced by the Russians, etc So I grew up with the full realization of how wars run over the backs of the normal citizens of a country It does not matter which side you re on The destructive forces that are being unleashed leave little standing in their way And as this book reminds us, Hitler seized power with only 33% of the vote.One of the endorsements on the cover calls this book courageous That would be because, where history is always written by the winners, the other half of the story is never told Except we do know it We re just in denial, for it s easier to paint one side white and the other black In the course of this book I m getting the whole historical picture, but at the same time, as I m reading these pages, many personal encounters come to life again, but against a richer historical background.My acquaintance with Germany and German culture goes back to at least 1955 in my conscious recollection when we vacationed in the Schwarzwald, with my aunt Erika Springer And this book helps me relive a lot of that background, with a new and richer understanding of the historical stage on which it all played out And it s relevant than ever, for not only was the 20th century the most destructive one in history, we re not making a very good start in the 21st century either, and we re once again witnessing up close how wars are fought without any idea what to do in the case you win, making it very, very easy, to win the war and lose the peace, or at least whatever it is that comes after the fighting stops.The book offers a rich painting, curiously relevant again, as the world, with US and England in the lead, is having to face the disastrous consequences of Pyrrhic victories in Afghanistan, and Iraq It is however shy on insight and interpretation, though it reports some curious glances In the context of the seemingly unending raping and pillaging that went on, fueled by progressive discovery of the guts of the Nazi destruction machine, and the seeming justification for revenge that it provided, he footnotes a comment from a diary of the straitlaced Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, who at one point reports his amazement that in the Paris of 1940, the women were positively queueing up to get a German soldier into bed The rage of revenge comes dripping off the pages, interlaced with curious interludes of humanity, which definitely seems to be the exception, not the rule All in all this is a sobering read in case one maintained any illusions about the gentler sides of human nature The book ends with the unfolding of the two Germanies, and the start of the cold war, as yet another footnote to history showing that winning wars is not as easy as it seems More and one comes to think of wars as just the acting out of a bunch of lunatics who convince themselves about what they re fighting for, and when it s over one side declares themselves to be the winner, without regard to any great clarity of what it was that was won The war Which war Oh the old war But we re still at war Oh this is just a cold war, you say Likewise the supposed winning of the cold war by America as the Soviet Union disintegrated is evident as yet another delusion, just as much as the end of world war two brought no peace, just a shift in the lay of the land.

  3. says:

    Amazing so many things I did not know about how the defeated Germans were treated by the allies It seems the allied powers did not stand back from the Nazis in atrocities against civilians and in their utterly cruel and inhumane treatment of the conquered War is never pleasant, but I did not know that the peace was tainted with so much hatred and revenge parred with an uncompromising notion of the collective guilt of ALL Germans The decades and decades that have passed since, only proves the notion that world history is all too often written by those who won the upperhand in any conflict.

  4. says:

    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 If 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 1941 The German occupation was brutal, and this cannot be ignored, but somehow there is a tinge of justice to it all, the feeling that at long last a bunch of criminals got what they deserved On the other end the murder of millions of across Europe in a war only Hitler and his flunkies wanted, seems like the real crime, and this was just the inevitable fallout of an insane and brutal policy that failed The end of the iron dream was never going to be pretty.UPDATE Looked this one over again I appreciate that MacDonogh discussed the less savory aspects of occupation Yet, it still has an apologetic tone that I find highly flawed I did tick up my rating though.

  5. says:

    From the cover Giles McDonough s book chronicles this saga from liberation of Vienna to the 1948 Berlin air lift and 1949 formation of Konrad Adenauer s government in Bonn It makes grimmer reading than most war stores, because there is little redemptive courage or virtue Here is a catalogue of pillage, rape, starvation, inhumanity and suffering on a titanic scale After the Reich brings together many stories that deserve to be much better known in the West.At almost 600 pages it is a rather long read and goes into 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.

  6. says:

    War is killing, said General Sherman, and there certainly can be no dispute about that nor can there be much dispute that the history of those wars, at least most of it, is written by the victors But what of the defeated What happens to those who are left behind in the ruins, abandoned by their national armies, left to the mercies of the conquerors Giles MacDonogh seeks to answer those questions, at least as they apply to Nazi Germany, in After the Reich The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation And the answers he provides are chilling Millions of women of all ages were raped, often in the most brutal way, mostly by Russian troops bent on exacting revenge for the destruction of their homeland Millions starved in what proved to be one of the most savage winters on record one cannot think of a inopportune time for that through the neglect of occupying forces on all sides And the individual stories of suffering can be heartbreaking when the political, social, and economic order is completely shattered through total defeat in a total war, all semblance of civilization disappears for the defeated, and life devolves into a simple matter of survival In the case of Berlin this was especially true, since the combination of devastating Allied round the clock air raids and stiff house to house resistance to the Russian advance left the massive city in virtually total ruin.

    This story is also often choked with irony, as in the experience of an Sudeten Czech Communist Jew who was sent to the camps shortly after the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938, spent the duration of the war there, survived, was liberated, and returned to Czechoslovakia only to be branded as a German , beaten severely, and thrown into jail with none other than the very SS and Gestapo men who had arrested and deported him seven years earlier There are stories like this throughout this book, as individuals are swept up in the postwar maelstrom of revenge, destruction, ecological disaster, competitive diplomacy, and the reconstitution of national identity in the face of economic, political, and social obliteration It s a compelling story well told by Mr MacDonogh on both an individual and national level in a clear, concise style that is impassioned, dispassionate, and compassionate, all at the same time An achievement, and a book I highly recommend

  7. says:

    Eh MacDonough book has some real strengths 1 describing in detail the oft overlooked postwar anarchy that reigned in Germany and Austria, 2 illustrating the tug of war between the Allies over Austria, and 3 covering the rise of West Germany out of the Postdam Conference However, way too much of the book is spent on anecdotal accounts of everday life after the war Although these details are both important and moving, they consume so much of the text that the book often lacks structure and an overarching analysis.

  8. says:

    Not everyone knows that 13 million Germans died AFTER the war in allied occupied territory.

  9. says:

    Extremely informative Should be read by everyone especially anyone who thinks that abu ghraib is something new

  10. says:

    Chilling The worst part of WWII came after it ended One regret here we get just the facts, which are grime enough But Gile MacDonogh could have used a good editor Too many German phrases go untranslated and the text is cluttered with too many abreviations Pgs means something and we were told once, but, if you don t remeber, too bad.

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