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Swansong 1945: A Collective Diary from Hitler's Last Birthday to VE Day

Kempowski, Walter

Published by Granta Books
ISBN 10: 1847086403 / ISBN 13: 9781847086402
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Title: Swansong 1945: A Collective Diary from ...

Publisher: Granta Books

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A compelling and unique insight into the last days of World War II told through first-hand accounts Translator(s): Whiteside, Shaun. Num Pages: 384 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1D; 3JJH; HBJD; HBLW; HBWQ; JWL. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 244 x 166 x 37. Weight in Grams: 714. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781847086402

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Synopsis: Swansong 1945 brings together hundreds of letters, diary extracts and autobiographical accounts to chronicle four days in 1945: 20th April, Hitler's last birthday, 25th April, when American and Soviet troops first met at the Elbe, 30th April, the day Hitler committed suicide, and 8th May, the day of the German surrender. Side by side in these pages, we encounter civilians fleeing on foot to the west, British and American POWs dreaming of home, concentration camp survivors, loyal soldiers from both sides of the conflict as well as national leaders including Churchill. These first-hand accounts, which Walter Kempowski painstakingly collected, organised and shaped for publication over twenty years, provide the raw material of history unmediated by a historian's narrative. The voices of individuals speak for themselves, and through their many experiences, perspectives and situations, the condition of Europe during the zero hour of war is viscerally recreated. A modern classic, this vital work brings to life a time whose repercussions are still felt today.

Review: 'The best history writing doesn't simplify a reader's understanding of the past. It adds layers, draws out contradictions, presenting a narrative that is rich. Swansong 1945 does all these things supremely well' --Independent on Sunday

'A monumental account of survival, suffering, hope and despair' --Military History Monthly

'A gripping accumulation of documents brought together by a leading postwar German writer' --Jewish Chronicle

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