Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955

Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955 by Harald Jhner 0593319737 9780593319734
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"Even though Aftermath covers historical ground, its narrative is intimate, filled with first-person accounts from articles and diaries." --The New York Times

How does a nation recover from fascism and turn toward a free society once more? This internationally acclaimed revelatory history of the transformational decade that followed World War II illustrates how Germany raised itself out of the ashes of defeat and reckoned with the corruption of its soul and the horrors of the Holocaust--and features over 40 eye-opening black-and-white photographs and posters from the period.

The years 1945 to 1955 were a raw, wild decade that found many Germans politically, economically, and morally bankrupt. Victorious Allied forces occupied the four zones that make up present-day Germany. More than half the population was displaced; 10 million newly released forced laborers and several million prisoners of war returned to an uncertain existence. Cities lay in ruins--no mail, no trains, no traffic--with bodies yet to be found beneath the towering rubble.

Aftermath received wide acclaim and spent forty-eight weeks on the best-seller list in Germany when it was published there in 2019. It is the first history of Germanys national mentality in the immediate postwar years. Using major global political developments as a backdrop, Harald Jhner weaves a series of life stories into a nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. Poised between two eras, this decade is portrayed by Jhner as a period that proved decisive for Germanys future--and one starkly different from how most of us imagine it today.

Author: Harald Jhner

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 416

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2022-01-11


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