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  • Author:
    Giles MacDonogh
  • ISBN:
    0465003389
  • ISBN13:
    978-0465003389
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    Basic Books; Reprint edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Pages:
    656 pages
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In doing so, he has finally given a voice the millions of who, lucky to survive the war, found themselves struggling to survive a hellish peace.

If you're curious as to how my host family made the trek from Baltic to the Rhine, you'll want to read Giles MacDonogh's hair-raising book After the Reich.

The family I stayed with looked for all the world like typical Rhinelanders. If you're curious as to how my host family made the trek from Baltic to the Rhine, you'll want to read Giles MacDonogh's hair-raising book After the Reich. The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation (Basic Books, 2007).

After the Reich book. 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.

If you’re curious as to how my host family made the trek from Baltic to the Rhine, you’ll want to read Giles MacDonogh’s hair-raising book After the Reich.

New Books in European Studies New Books in German Studies New Books in History New Books in Military History New Books in Peoples & Places New Books in Politics & Society New Books Network June 19, 2009 Marshall Poe. Many years ago I had the opportunity to spend a summer in Germany, more specifically in a tiny town on the Rhine near Koblenz. If you’re curious as to how my host family made the trek from Baltic to the Rhine, you’ll want to read Giles MacDonogh’s hair-raising book After the Reich. The atrocities committed by the Nazis are of course very well known to nearly everyone.

In the preface to this book, Giles MacDonogh makes the following observation: "If children are included in. .MacDonogh divides his work into four sections. The first section describes the end phases of the war in 1945.

In the preface to this book, Giles MacDonogh makes the following observation: "If children are included in collective guilt, this could be accepted on the basis that they were going to grow up to be Germans and therefore possibly Nazis" (p. xiv). With this statement, he raises the troubling moral quandary of Allied behavior in a debilitated Germany after organized resistance crumbled in 1945.

Giles MacDonogh’s After the Reich is important and timely. Throughout time it has been the victor who has written history, but here historian MacDonogh examines the darker side of the Allied occupation of defeated Germany. He has a profound understanding of Germany, which he communicates in a humane and engaging style. Of interest to students of modern Europe, complementing W. G. Sebald’s On the Natural History of Destruction (2003) and other studies of history from the point of view of the vanquished. For Joseph Maximilian Cornelius MacDonogh. born 8 December 2002. Absumet heres Caecuba dignior.

When the Third Reich collapsed in 1945, the Allied powers converged on.Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

When the Third Reich collapsed in 1945, 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.

Lest anyone think that MacDonogh goes easy on the Nazis, he certainly does not. I came away from reading this excellent history with the reinforced opinion that no European nation or ethnic group had a monopoly on suffering during or after the war and none have even the right to claim primacy in victim status

In After the Reich, Giles MacDonogh intends to "reframe" the history of World War II and its aftermath.

In After the Reich, Giles MacDonogh intends to "reframe" the history of World War II and its aftermath. In the title MacDonogh promises readers a "brutal history.

The shocking history of the brutal occupation of Germany after the Second World WarWhen the Third Reich . Giles MacDonogh is the author of 1938: Hitler's Gamble, The Last Kaiser: A Life of Wilhelm II, and Frederick the Great

The shocking history of the brutal occupation of Germany after the Second World WarWhen the Third Reich collapsed in 1945, Germany was a nation in tatters, in many places literally flattened by bombs. In the ensuing occupation, hundreds of thousands of women were raped. Hundreds of thousands of Germans and German-speakers died in the course of brutal deportations from Eastern Europe. Giles MacDonogh is the author of 1938: Hitler's Gamble, The Last Kaiser: A Life of Wilhelm II, and Frederick the Great. He studied history at Oxford University has written for the Financial Times, Times (London), Guardian, and Evening Standard.

The shocking history of the brutal occupation of Germany after the Second World War

Bladebringer
What an outstandingly researched and authored book describing from first hand and historical factual accounting, the allied "invasion" of Germany, Austria etc. post Reich. My personal opinions follow the reading of this excellent account. It is shocking and quite horrendous to read about the absolute brutality individuals suffered at the hands of the Russians the Czechs, the Americans, British and French. To argue that Germans as a whole did not pay for their transgressions, would be wholly inaccurate. Shocking was the Nacht und Nebel practiced by the Russians who argued that since they suffered invasion and subsequent brutality at the hands of the Germans, felt completely absolved from any kind of appalling behavior on their part. The wholesale rape of women by the Russians was unspeakable. Other allied forces engaged in this disgraceful torture as well, but the Russians participated in it with the vengeance of self entitlement. The allies would like to portray themselves as being benign and law abiding caretakers of a post WWII Germany but this would be so far from the truth as to be an utter lie. The mass starvation, feral starving and dying children and dreadful conditions thrust upon German civilians and POW's alike, combined with slave labor many if not most of them were subjected to, is stunning. The victors embraced the same behaviors as the conquered. The suicide rates amongst civilians and POW's continued many many years after 1945 due to inhabitable living conditions, starvation and hopelessness. Clearly, war, regardless of the causes and the instigators is a nightmarish scenario where there are never ever any winners. Everyone loses in every way. Will humanity never learn?
Waiso
This should be taught in all schools, being American, German, and Russian... the Russians were just deplorable and many should have been shot! They were brutal and all under orders from Stalin that not only allowed them to Rape & Pillage and ordered them to do so
RUsich155
“After the Reich” is to my mind the definitive account of Germany’s post-war experience. Even a casual reader of Modern European history will have acquired, if only by osmosis, a reasonably solid understanding of how and why the Germans reaped what they had sown, will be familiar with the success and shortcomings of the Nuremberg war trials and the years-long jousting between the victorious allies about how to allocate the spoils. But, not surprisingly, it turns out that this knowledge only skims the surface of the real story, a story that will make readers both cringe and marvel, and inevitably come away with a whole new appreciation of the war’s aftermath.

The first part of the book unsurprisingly reads very much like “Savage Continent,” Keith Lowe’s account of the retributive machinations of damaged and disaffected populations throughout the continent taking advantage of their bloody victories to settle old scores with surpassing brutality. MacDonogh naturally focuses on the German experience and his descriptions of the predations of all of the occupying forces, and especially the Russian orgy of rapine, is at least as difficult, if edifying, to get through as Lowe’s accounts.

But the story is of course much more than that and, indeed, so much more that a knowledgeable reader will likely credit this as the definitive work on the subject. I found especially interesting the author’s reflections on the shaky legal underpinnings of the Nuremberg trials and the disconcerting conclusions of his research demonstrating beyond contradiction that an amazing number of bad Nazi actors not only escaped justice but in many instances did so simply because both Allied and German prosecutorial officials grew tired of the game. Finally, I know of no better account of how thoroughly Russia dominated the tripartite spoils competition, partly due to Stalin’s preternatural gall and duplicity, the fact that Russian forces first occupied territories that Britain and America knew were not going to relinquished without a fight they were unable to offer, and the combination of Roosevelt’s failing health and inexplicable, if difficult to quantify, trust in Stalin.

Our modern vision of Germany as a peaceful, prosperous and progressive nation makes this book all the more important because it demonstrates as nothing else that I’ve read how close to Hell the country and its people had to come before the eventual redemption. Believe me when I say that no associative readings in European history have equipped you with the knowledge this book provides. I recommend it as essential reading for the serious History buff.
Yramede
I wanted to like this book by Giles MacDonogh more than I actually did. After the Reich had its moments of great interest as it recounted the chaotic, brutal, and bloody aftermath of World War 2 in Germany. However, there were times where it deviated from its focus. It got sidetracked in Austria for a while, and its endless focus on the brutal Allied actions in occupied Germany in the immediate aftermath of war was a far lengthier account than it needed to be. No question it was a horrific was a time, but it became exhausting to continue reading this author's account of that time, which is why I paused reading for a few months but finally finished 6 months to finish. As a far better alternative, I found Keith Lowe's outstanding history, Savage Continent, about the same period, to be a much better book, truly an eye-opening read, which I would recommend far more than MacDonogh's book. Unfortunately, After the Reich just didn't live up to Lowe's brilliant book about the same period.