Berlin at War: Life and Death in Hitler's Capital, 1939-45

Berlin at War Life and Death in Hitler s Capital Berlin was the city at the very center of World War II It was the launching pad for Hitler s empire the embodiment of his vision of a world metropolis Berlin was also the place where Hitler s Reich w

  • Title: Berlin at War: Life and Death in Hitler's Capital, 1939-45
  • Author: Roger Moorhouse
  • ISBN: 9780099551898
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Berlin was the city at the very center of World War II It was the launching pad for Hitler s empire, the embodiment of his vision of a world metropolis Berlin was also the place where Hitler s Reich would ultimately fall Berlin suffered air raids than any other German city and endured the full force of a Soviet siege In Berlin at War, historian Roger Moorhouse useBerlin was the city at the very center of World War II It was the launching pad for Hitler s empire, the embodiment of his vision of a world metropolis Berlin was also the place where Hitler s Reich would ultimately fall Berlin suffered air raids than any other German city and endured the full force of a Soviet siege 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 succor 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 II.
    Berlin at War Moorhouse, Roger Apr , Berlin at War is a masterfully written and necessary addition to the ever expanding shelf of books about World War II Washington Times Berlin at War is an extensively researched and absorbing account of the city that went from being the host of the Olympics to being a pile of rubble less than a decade later. Battle of Berlin Berlin at War by Roger Moorhouse, Paperback Barnes Noble Apr , Berlin was the place where Hitler s empire ultimately meet its end, but it suffered mightily through the war as well not only was the city subjected to the full wrath of the Soviet ground offensive and siege in , but it also found itself a prime target for the air war, attracting raids, aircraft, and tonnage than any other German city. Berlin Wall History, Dates The Fall HISTORY Oct , On November , , as the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe, the spokesman for East Berlin s Communist Party announced a change in his city s relations with the West Starting at Berlin at War eBook Moorhouse, Roger Kindle Berlin was the place where Hitler s empire ultimately meet its end, but it suffered mightily through the war as well not only was the city subjected to the full wrath of the Soviet ground offensive and siege in , but it also found itself a prime target for the air war, attracting raids, aircraft, and tonnage than any other German city. Berlin at War by Roger Moorhouse Basic Books In Berlin at War, acclaimed historian Roger Moorhouse provides a magnificent and detailed portrait of everyday life at the epicenter of the Third Reich Berlin was the stage upon which the rise and fall of the Third Reich was most visibly played out. Battle of Berlin in World War II ThoughtCo The Battle of Berlin was a sustained and ultimately successful attack on the German city by the Allied forces of the Soviet Union from April to May , , during World War II Armies Commanders Berlin at the end of the War, Rare Historical Photos Berlin at the end of the War, The area extending north beyond the Brandenburg Gate was later controlled by Soviets for almost year Note the portrait of Stalin in the center Berlin after the War was a post apocalyptic world One of the largest and most modern cities of Europe was left a wasteland. Berlin in July HD p color footage YouTube Apr , Berlin and Potsdam aftermath HD p color footage Projections of Life Jewish Life before World War II Duration United States Holocaust Memorial Museum , Berlin Wall Microcosm Portrait of a Central Eu

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    1. Living the Dream Historian and author of an international bestseller Berlin at War was 1 in Lithuania as well as a couple of other books, such as Killing Hitler and The Wolf s Lair I would call myself a specialist in Nazi Germany, but I fear that would scare most people off, so I ll just call myself a writer of history books.My current book published in the UK in August 2014 is The Devils Alliance , which is about the Nazi Soviet Pact of 1939 1941 It is a VERY interesting subject so please get a copy Enjoy any questions or queries or just wholesome praise, do let me know

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    1. A book rich in subject matter and haunting in its coverage Mr Moorhouse has written a detailed yet very readable book on Berlin and Berliners from the high days of Hitler s birthday parade in 1939 to its near complete levelling in May 1945.From the descriptive start of the Prologue F hrerwetter F hrer weather that greeted Berlin and its people on 20th April 1939, Mr Moorhouse provides a thematic approach to his book subtitled Life and Death in Hitler s Capital, 1939 1945.Within each chapter, whi [...]


    2. I found this book well researched, informative and interesting to read It discusses life in Berlin under Nazi rule The author uses diary entries and interviews to tell the story of a country that is rebuilt and given so much hope by it s Fuhrer but tragically plunges into utter devastation within a few short years Not only did millions of racial and ethnic groups suffer and perish under Hitler s rule, but millions of German citizens, many driven by Nazi propaganda, perished while fighting a horr [...]


    3. Roger Moorhouse s premise for writing Berlin at War was that much has been written about the Nazi Party, leading figures, the German armed forces, various campaigns and theatres of war, and the Holocaust, but little has been written about the lives of ordinary Germans during the war In Berlin at War he seeks to rectify this by using documentary evidence and war diaries to examine the lives of Berliners, and those living in the city such as diplomats, journalists and forced labourers, during the [...]


    4. Roger Moorhouse s new history, Berlin at War is a terrific view of Germany s capital city during WW2 Moorhouse covers every phase of life for those who lived in the city whether by choice because they were residents or by force, because they were foreign laborers brought into Berlin from the occupied countries to help with the war effort He obviously interviewed many Berliners about their lives during the war, as well as depending on diaries and official documents of the German government.Moorho [...]


    5. Berlin at War is an outstandingly comprehensive record of the daily lives of ordinary Berliners during the Second World War The great events of the war the campaigns, the Holocaust and so on, serve as backgrounds to the trials, tribulations, threats, tragedies, discomforts and homelessness suffered by the population of the capital of the Third Reich.Roger Moorhouse has done a huge amount of research and the result is a large number of eye witness statements, extracts from diaries, photographs an [...]


    6. This book is a shining example in a sea of books of World War II history Roger Moorhouse manages to bring wartime Berlin to life in the readers mind The book is exhaustedly researched and covers a wide range of topics the author bring together both personal accounts and academic research into a Tour de force From the dreams of the Third Reich to build a capital like no other to the day to day struggle for survival of the normal citizens this book an addictive read.


    7. This was fascinating A clearly written, well researched look into what the average citizens of Berlin went through during World War 2 I learned some interesting new German concepts and words muckefuck hamsterfahrten but all new terms were well explained Among the sections I found the most interesting the rampant crime, yet party atmosphere of blackout conditions the efforts of the Jewish Underground whose members were nicknamed U boats and included Jewish and Christian people from all walks of l [...]


    8. I had really mixed feelings about this book Pieces of it were fascinating and it s a story that hasn t been told Early parts of it felt somewhat unsubstantiated I felt like he quoted the same people over and over again and made serious claims based on that But as the book progressed that changed and the sections on the bombing of Berlin, rationing, and the invasion of the Soviets were very good He also really seems to feel that the evidence suggests Berliners didn t really support Hitler and I t [...]


    9. I have read many books about Berlin, the most of which concentrate mainly on the Battle of Berlin and the aftermath Here in Berlin At War by Roger Moorhouse we get better glimpse of how the Berliners themselves lived during Word War II From the rise of power of the Nazis, the initial victory parades, the food rationing, the many foreign labourers brought to the capital from occupied countries, the massive air raids, the life in the bunkers until the German city finally endured the full force of [...]


    10. This is an interesting book for those that are interested in than what Hitler was doing during the war This book explains how the average Berliner coped during the war.The book pulls no punches and it is very interesting, as someone who is from Polish stock though I do have very little sympathy for the Germans But it is clear that the ordinary Berliner did suffer during the war.It is a good book worth reading if you want to broaden your historical knowledge.


    11. Roger Moorehouse has given us a pretty fair account of the lives of Berliners during the Second World War, although much of his research is based on recent interviews with those who experienced it firsthand After the fact, it would be difficult to find any really objective look back at life in the Third Reich as few people would want to admit they enthusiastically supported such a regime But of all German cities, Berlin had the strongest opposition to the Nazis and this is definitely apparent f [...]


    12. Moorhouse collected primary sources and interviewed hundreds to write a history of what it was like for the civilians of Berlin during the Second World War.Why I started this book My grandma was one of those civilians and I was interested in learning if her memories and stories were typical of the city.Why I finished it Fascinating, and a sad reminder that Berlin then, like Berlin now, had the biggest gay community, most Communist party members, and Jewish community in Germany Hitler tried his b [...]


    13. Dense, well researched, well written A must read for those with an interest in the civilians who were directly affected by the conflict And recommended for anyone with an interest in Berlin under the Nazis and the Allied bombs.


    14. A really excellent book if you are interested in the many different affects of WWII Moorhouse perfectly combines facts with stories, so you can really get a feel for how Berlin was during the war His writing is excellent and really moves you, a great read




    15. The proposer had made four recent visits to Berlin and has a fascination with the city He mentioned that attention is paid there to the fall of the Berlin Wall than to the darker history of the war yearsHe considered Roger Moorhouse s book to be well researched, and successful in capturing what it must have been like to live through the war years in Berlin We agreed with this, finding Moorhouse s writing style fluent and engaging, and enjoying the tapestry of subjective viewpoints quoted from h [...]


    16. Moorhouse has written an interesting history that is a unique in the World War 2 history of Germany Instead of focusing on people or events, he has written about how the war affected the German capital of Berlin, especially from the regular person s point of view He examines various facets of society, both the Nazi s supporters and those who were victimized by the Nazi s, primarily Jews His history covers many aspects of life in the city throughout the war years Reading about rationing, learning [...]


    17. Overall, this is a well done book within the bounds of popular history The author uses many interviews with Berliners of the period On the one hand, these often provide vivid details On the other, none emerges as a strong individual voice Perhaps I am spoiled from reading A Woman in Berlin Eight Weeks in the Conquered City A Diary but I find that extreme circumstances are effectively evoked by particularity than by generalization The contrast between the city on April 20, 1939, celebrating the [...]


    18. Gives a different view of what you will see elsewhere brings home the fear of war, the incredible sacrifices made by Berliners during this time yet somehow they made it through for the most part Although the tension filled final days and hours must have been particularly and stressful.That being said it both confirmed and changed some of my feelings for the Germans from that time Even though I feel I understand them better I don t think the love of order and stoicism can justify the crimes again [...]


    19. Berlin at Warrecounts the experiences of the denizens of Berlin mainly during the Second World War, with some recounting of events in the 1930s that affected the war time experiences of the city The author quotes from many memoirs, and interviewed some who were alive at the time The author covers several topics that were new to me, such as the experiences of Jews who assumed another identity to avoid being caught and the gentiles most of them needed to help them , the details of the grandiose bu [...]


    20. The amount of social history already available on the Second World War is staggering, but this book is an absolutely necessary addition I ve read so much about WWII era London and much of the other popular stories, in my experience, focus on the good cities of the war Londoners huddled in the Underground during the Blitz, Parisians weeping as Hitler strolls down the Champs lys es, the resistance of the Warsaw ghetto, and New Yorkers kissing in the street on VJ Day It s so easy to paint history w [...]


    21. A revealing account of life in wartime Berlin, full of information from first hand sources about the practicalities of the situation for ordinary citizens, many of whom were far from enthusiastic about Nazism Living under a black out the details of rationing and the black market the depredations against the Jews the conditions of slave labourers from other parts of Europe procedures during air raids, etc All very interesting and grim My only slight reservation was that in dealing with matters th [...]


    22. This is another account of Germany at war, but it was so well written and well researched that it rises above most of the rest It is the story of Berlin alone, but doesn t feel narrow in scope in any way Moorhouse uses diary entries,newspaper accounts and other primary sources so judiciously, and his writing flows so well that this is almost an enjoyable read I learned a lot from him about topics that other writers have covered much less well, and appreciate that he didn t belabor certain areas [...]


    23. Moorhouse does a really good job of tackling a subject I think most people don t think much less read too much about The battles of WWII are often written about, but what about the people civilian populations who experience war in a different way He picks many different aspects of what the people of Berlin had to go through from the beginning to the end of WWII Some chapters get a little bogged down with information, but for the most part each chapter leads you to wanting to learn about what s [...]


    24. Well organized and stays focused on the main topic Covers how Berliners reacted to the Allied bombing what life was like in the bomb shelters and how each successive bombing raid created nagging doubts about the propaganda of the Nazi regime It also covers topics such as war rationing, the removal of children from the city to safety in the countryside, and how foreign workers and Jews were treated during the trials that Berlin experienced Moorehouse draws from a wealth of primary source material [...]


    25. Could almost say this was a follow up to Erik Larson s In the Garden of the Beasts where Larson portrayed life in Berlin from mid 1933 thru mid 1938, albeit through the eyes of a diplomat Roger Moorhouse then picks up the story, this time thru the eyes of everyday citizens, from April 1939 to the eventual end of WWII in May 1945 Very well researched, easily read, with much information of the people of Berlin brought to light, their joys, sorrows, hunger, disillusionment, everything common people [...]


    26. A required text for a history class this semester After reading the introduction of this text, I was immediately intrigued Moorhouse presents the accounts of people that had lived and worked in Berlin during the Nazi regime One would be lead to believe that all of the German people living in Berlin at the time was all in total agreement with Adolf Hitler s leadership and Nazi propaganda, but this book dispels that theory A great and historical read and at times, difficult to digest, but this boo [...]


    27. A really interesting read What s helpful about this book is that the author takes the reader through various aspects of what ordinary life in war time Berlin was like in a most logical manner There s a chapter devoted to food rationing One chapter dealt with influence and power of the radio It explained how Germany used an early form of broadband connection and splitters so people could switch from normal radio programming over to hearing specific and current information about approaching Allied [...]


    28. I enjoyed reading this book it was interesting reading about what was going on in Germany during World War Two One thing I found interesting in this book I didn t know was how much the German civilians were bombed during the war I had only known about the severe air attacks that were inflicted on the people of England during the war I found the consequences of those attacks on the German people to their country interesting.


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