Berlin at WarBook - 2010
Drawing on diaries, memoirs and interviews, the author provides a riveting first-hand account of life and death on the home front in the Nazi capital of Berlin, including some Berliners' efforts to help the city's remaining Jews. By the author of Killing Hitler: The Plots, the Assassins, and the Dictator Who Cheated Death.
In Berlin at War, historian Roger Moorhouse uses diaries, memoirs, and interviews to provide a searing first-hand account of life and death in the Nazi capital?the privations, the hopes and fears, and the nonconformist tradition that saw some Berliners provide underground succour to the city’s remaining Jews. Combining comprehensive research with gripping narrative, Berlin at War is the incredible story of the city?and people?that saw the whole of World War Two.
While most books about Germany during the Second World War deal with military or political history on a large scale, Moorhouse focuses on a single city, describing life during the war years from the perspective of residents of Berlin. Using interviews with still-living war survivors as well as unpublished memoirs and diaries, the author shows Berliners' lives became increasingly difficult and surreal as their city bore the brunt of the Allied air war and, later, the final attacks of the Soviet Red Army. A sobering testament to the escalating horrors that years of war wreak on civilians, Moorhouse's book deserves a wide audience. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Drawing on diaries, memoirs, and interviews, the author provides a first-hand account of life and death on the home front in the Nazi capital of Berlin, including some Berliners' efforts to help the city's remaining Jews.