Exorcising Hitler: The Occupation and Denazification of Germany

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 10, 2011 - History - 438 pages
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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 nation on the ruins of the vanquished Nazi state-arguably the most monstrous regime the world has ever seen.

In 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 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 country.

Weaving 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 history.

 

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User Review  - VGAHarris - LibraryThing

Outstanding. Likely the best book on the Occupation I have read. Untangles the intricate diplomatic, political, and social dimensions that made DeNazification such a complex undertaking. Excellent commentary on Nuremberg Trials, the food crises, and the territorial squabbling in the post-war. Read full review

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User Review  - mabith - LibraryThing

This is a really excellent book. I've never read much about the post-war occupation or about the allies specific relationships with each other. Taylor is blunt about the numerous problems and common ... Read full review

Contents

Into the Reich
1
HooHooHoo
22
e Great Trek
46
Zero Hour
79
rough Conquerors Eyes
111
Hunger
149
e Price
170
To the Victors the Spoils
196
No Pardon
223
e Fish and the Net
248
Persil Washes White
277
Divide and Rule
313
Hope
332
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Frederick Taylor studied history and modern languages at Oxford and did postgraduate work at Sussex University. He edited and translated the The Goebbels Diaries,and is the author of the bestsellers Dresden and The Berlin Wall.

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