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The Bitter Taste of Victory
Author: Lara Feigel

ISBN: 9781408845332
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 24 February 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4 x 3.7
Description:
A stunning cultural history of post-war occupied Germany from the critically acclaimed author of The Love-charm of Bombs.

As the Second World War neared its conclusion, Germany was a nation reduced to rubble: 3.6 million German homes had been destroyed leaving 7.5 million people homeless; an apocalyptic landscape of flattened cities and desolate wastelands.

In May 1945 Germany surrendered, and Britain, America, Soviet Russia and France set about rebuilding their zones of occupation. Most urgent for the Allies in this divided, defeated country were food, water and sanitation, but from the start they were anxious to provide for the minds as well as the physical needs of the German people. Reconstruction was to be cultural as well as practical: denazification and re-education would be key to future peace and the arts crucial in modelling alternative, less militaristic, ways of life. Germany was to be reborn; its citizens as well as its cities were to be reconstructed; the mindset of the Third Reich was to be obliterated.

When, later that year, twenty-two senior Nazis ...

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