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  • Exorcising Hitler
  • Frederick Taylor
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  • 09 October 2020
  • 9781596915367

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Exorcising Hitler Free download Ì 2 Was a tale of rivalries cynical realpolitik and blunders but also of heroism ingenuity and determination not least that of the German people who shook off the nightmare of Nazism and rebuilt their battered countryWeaving together accounts of occupiers and Germans high and low alike Exorcising Hitler is a tour de force of both scholarship and storytelling the first comprehensive account of this critical episode in modern histo. I used it as a research source for one of my novels and I can t recommend it highly enough It s a detailed study that discusses every aspect of Germany s post war life in great detail yet doesn t read like a dry historical account The author clearly knows his subject did some major research and it shows in every detail Through the eyes of eyewitnesses through multiple historical documents he explains exactly how four zone occupation came about what plans did the Allies have for the Germans and why some of them were rejected as impossible to implement what was the attitude of the occupying forces and the local population towards each other and how it gradually changed and why and many I appreciated how thoroughly the differences between different zones of occupation were shown and how the differences in policies eventually led to the Cold War and the so called Iron Curtain I also found it extremely interesting reading about certain events through the eyes of witnesses themselves which made history truly come alive before my eyes The process of the Denazification the first elections the rationing and the black market this historical study is a truly invaluable source of information for any history buff who wants to learn about post war Germany Highly recommended

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Exorcising Hitler Free download Ì 2 N on the ruins of the vanuished Nazi state arguably the most monstrous regime the world has ever seenIn Exorcising Hitler master historian Frederick Taylor tells the story of Germany's Year Zero and what came next He describes the bitter endgame of war the murderous Nazi resistance the vast displacement of people in Central and Eastern Europe and the nascent cold war struggle between Soviet and Western occupiers The occupation. The sanitized story goes like this After surrendering unconditionally in May of 1945 the German armies put down their arms the country was occupied by the Allied forces and the worst of the Nazi leaders were put on trial Then Britain and the US showed the Germans how to create a democratic government and through the admirable Marshall Plan the US bankrolled an economic miracle for the defeated nation We victors really were jolly good hearted It s a story that warm the cockles of one s heartHowever what really happened in Germany in 1944 46 as told in Frederick Taylor s Exorcising Hitler the picture that emerges is not uite so inspiring We often forget the fury of the armies that fought their way into Germany how enraged they were at the years of war but also at the stubbornness of the final resistance with so much unnecessary blood spilled after D Day Then there were the revelations of the concentration camps For the French vengeance was the goal after their brutal occupation by the Nazis On the eastern front vengeance was if possible an even deeper driving force all consuming a reflection of Hitler s truly hideous war of annihilation against Russia Spurred on by their commanders the Soviet armies committed murder rape and unspeakable atrocities on a vast scale along the entire trail from Stalingrad to Berlin and beyond upon all Germans both soldiers and civilians Rape was hardly unknown among American and British soldiers During the spring and summer of 1945 even after the surrender on both eastern and western fronts looting robbery and rape were everyday occurrencesThe occupying powers did not come to liberate the German people or to put Germany on its feet their clear and stated goal was punishment All Germans whatever their activities and attitudes under Hitler were going to suffer as others had suffered under them An early American proposal known as the Morgenthau Plan recommended the total degradation of Germany breaking the nation into pieces and reducing it to a permanent state of subsistence agriculture By the time of the actual occupation that plan had been moderated but its harsh spirit remained Thousands of German industries were either shut down destroyed or dismantled and carted off to Russia and France as reparations The French marched 740000 POWs back into France for 2 3 years of forced servitude The Soviets took hundreds of thousands of POWs back to Russia most of whom never returned The Americans faced with the difficulty of caring for 5 million POWs and utterly fixed on the idea of not releasing a single war criminal simply strung barbed wire around vast fields next to the Rhine and left half a million prisoners to face the frosty nights cold spring rains and disease without protection some 50000 of them dying Because the Geneva Convention reuired that POWs be fed at the same level as one s own troops German POWs were given a newly invented classification disarmed enemy forces allowing rations to be kept miserably low In the worst of the Rhine cages some prisoners deteriorated into skeletal figures like inmates of Nazi concentration camps The British set up an interrogation centre at Bad Nenndorf that used Gestapo tactics complete with thumb screws and shin screws For civilians hunger was used as a cudgel One year after the end of the war the calorie allocation for Germans was less than half of what a person needs for a life of light activity Non productive adults such as housewives and the unemployed were issued a ration card that became known as the death card It was the Soviets who were uickest to establish democracy Soviet style democracy German communist organizations provided them with ready made political infrastructure and as other parties were allowed to form the Communist Party maintained dominance until finally all parties were merged into one East Germany was born Denazification was easy for the Soviets since Nazism was regarded as an extreme form of capitalism they simply killed the class enemies such as industrialists and large landowners or shipped them off to the gulag As for lower level Nazis the Soviets were tolerant than the British and Americans because suggests Taylor they were uite familiar with how little party membership could mean for people who joined just to advance their careersIn the Western zones denazification was an enormous problem especially for the Americans who took the hardest line With a population in the tens of millions under their administration they reuired every adult under penalty of prison to fill out a lengthy form about their activities during the Third Reich with their answers subjected to cross checks investigations interviews and tribunals It was a slow impossible task that slowly unraveled under the pressure of numbers aggravated by inconsistency and incompetence Denazification was eventually turned over to German courts partly out of pragmatism partly to reduce the resentment that might breed communism But by then everyone had become so cynical about the many injustices as well as the overall policies of collective guilt and collective punishment that the German courts allowed the process to degenerate into corruption and farce Another approach might have cultivated a mood of self reflection among the Germans but the opportunity was lost and the Hitler generation entered a period of denial and the sleep cure It took the next generation to ask probing uestions about the past Denazification was judged an enormous failure on all sidesDid Germany need to be guided by the Western Allies in creating a functioning democracy Probably not Nazism was a spent force and Germany reverted easily to the democratic system that had preceded the Third Reich Was the Marshal Plan a major factor in driving Germany s economic recovery Scholars are no longer certain about that eitherAfter 1945 the transition from war to peace was far chaotic and ugly than is commonly believed Mistakes were made feelings ran high few saints appeared on the stage suffering was widespread Exorcising Hitler shows only too clearly how once the devils of war are set loose they are not easily put away

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Exorcising Hitler Free download Ì 2 The collapse of the Third Reich in 1945 was an event nearly unprecedented in history Only the fall of the Roman Empire fifteen hundred years earlier compares to the destruction visited on Germany The country's cities lay in ruins its economic base devastated The German people stood at the brink of starvation millions of them still in POW camps This was the starting point as the Allies set out to build a humane democratic natio. This book is an extremely well written and accessible history of the aftermath of WW II in Germany and what that country experienced on the road to normality This was truly a fascinating read and very well written I learned a good deal that I had known only through a great deal of the US post WW II narrative that conveniently glossed over the poor actions of some of the US GIs and the attitude of many in the US spearheaded by Robert Morgenthau FDR s Secy of Treasury that was punitive and vindictive toward the German people To have grown up reading US history it seemed as though the Allies had all learned not to take this attitude after WW I and its disasterous conseuencesTo the US and Britain s credit they abandoned this stance and reason did prevailAnother surprise well maybe not was that the French who were not privy to the Pottsdam agreement or any other negotiations among the Allies turned out to be almost as bad in terms of enslaving and killing Germans as the Soviets Again the French narrative lauds the Free French a minority and completely ignores their collaboration and their uisling government Vichythat sucked up to Hitler s Nazis during the war Taylor debunks that narrative and shows them to be petty cruel vindictive and demanding despite having not much to demand as well as arrogantI read a review on to see what others thought before I ordered it from the library and was chagrined to see someone said Who cares what the Germans went through With lingering attitudes like that when will we ever see a lasting peaceHighly recommend this book King John and Magna Carta (Adventure from History) event nearly unprecedented in history Only the fall of the Roman Empire fifteen hundred years Soundtracks for Learning Using Music in the Classroom earlier compares to the destruction visited on Germany The country's cities lay in ruins its Mastering Manga 3: Power Up with Mark Crilley experienced on the road to normality This was truly a fascinating read and very well written I learned a good deal that I had known only through a great deal of the US post WW II narrative that conveniently glossed over the poor actions of some of the US GIs and the attitude of many in the US spearheaded by Robert Morgenthau FDR s Secy of Treasury that was punitive and vindictive toward the German people To have grown up reading US history it seemed as though the Allies had all learned not to take this attitude after WW I and its disasterous conseuencesTo the US and Britain s credit they abandoned this stance and reason did prevailAnother surprise well maybe not was that the French who were not privy to the Pottsdam agreement or any other negotiations among the Allies turned out to be almost as bad in terms of 永遠の0 Eien No Zero enslaving and killing Germans as the Soviets Again the French narrative lauds the Free French a minority and completely ignores their collaboration and their uisling government Vichythat sucked up to Hitler s Nazis during the war Taylor debunks that narrative and shows them to be petty cruel vindictive and demanding despite having not much to demand as well as arrogantI read a review on to see what others thought before I ordered it from the library and was chagrined to see someone said Who cares what the Germans went through With lingering attitudes like that when will we Broken Flowers (Robert M. Drake/Vintage Wild) (Volume 5) ever see a lasting peaceHighly recommend this book