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Swansong 1945 : a collective diary of the last days of the Third Reich / Walter Kempowski ; translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: D811.A2 E3313 2015

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    Chronicles the end of Nazi Germany and World War II in Europe through hundreds of letters, diaries, and autobiographical accounts covering four days that fateful spring: Hitler's birthday on April 20, American and Soviet troops meeting at the Elbe on April 25, Hitler's suicide on April 30, and finally the German surrender on May 8. Side by side, we encounter vivid, first-person accounts of civilians fleeing Berlin, ordinary German soldiers determined to fight to the bitter end, American POWs dreaming of home, concentration-camp survivors' first descriptions of their horrific experiences, as well as the intimate thoughts of figures such as Eisenhower, Churchill, Stalin, Joseph Goebbels, and Hitler himself. These firsthand accounts, painstakingly collected and organized by renowned German author Walter Kempowski, provide the raw material of history and present a panoramic view of those tumultuous days, an extraordinary account of suffering and survival.--From publisher description.
    Uniform Title
    Echolot. English
    Format
    Book
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
    ©2014
    Locale
    Germany
    Edition
    First American edition
    Contents
    Foreword / Alan Bance
    Preface / Walter Kempowski
    Editorial note / Walter Kempowski
    Note on the English translation
    Friday, 20 April 1945
    Wednesday, 25 April 1945
    Monday, 30 April 1945
    Tuesday, 8 May/Wednesday, 9 May 1945.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kempowski, Walter, compiler.
    Whiteside, Shaun, translator.
    Notes
    First published in Great Britain by Granta Books, 2014 as Swansong 1945: a collective diary from Hitler's last birthday to VE Day. -- Great Britain : Granta Books, 2014.
    Original German edition first published in 2005 as Das Echolot : Abgesang '45 Ein kollekitives Tagebuch by Albrecht Knaus Verlag, Munich.--Title page verso.
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-454) and index.
    Foreword / Alan Bance -- Preface / Walter Kempowski -- Editorial note / Walter Kempowski -- Note on the English translation -- Friday, 20 April 1945 -- Wednesday, 25 April 1945 -- Monday, 30 April 1945 -- Tuesday, 8 May/Wednesday, 9 May 1945.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780393248159
    0393248151
    Physical Description
    xxii, 479 pages ; 25 cm

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