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Aftermath

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

Harald Jahner Shaun Whiteside

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RAND
19 May 2021
The internationally bestselling history of German life in the fallout of the Third Reich ***LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2021*** 'Magisterial, fascinating, humane' PHILIPPE SANDS 'An extraordinary book ... breathtaking' JACK FAIRWEATHER 'Essential reading. Anyone with even the slightest interest in history and the human condition should read this book' JULIA BOYD Germany, 1945- a country in ruins. Cities have been reduced to rubble and more than half of the population are where they do not belong or do not want to be. How can a functioning society ever emerge from this chaos?

In bombed-out Berlin, Ruth Andreas-Friedrich, journalist and member of the Nazi resistance, warms herself by a makeshift stove and records in her diary how a frenzy of expectation and industriousness grips the city. The Americans send Hans Habe, an Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist and US army soldier, to the frontline of psychological warfare - tasked with establishing a newspaper empire capable of remoulding the minds of the Germans. The philosopher Hannah Arendt returns to the country she fled to find a population gripped by a manic loquaciousness, but faces a deafening wall of silence at the mention of the Holocaust.

Aftermath is a nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. 1945 to 1955 was a raw, wild decade poised between two eras that proved decisive for Germany's future - and one starkly different to how most of us imagine it today. Featuring black and white photographs and posters from post-war Germany - some beautiful, some revelatory, some shocking - Aftermath evokes an immersive portrait of a society corrupted, demoralised and freed - all at the same time.
By:   Harald Jahner
Translated by:   Shaun Whiteside
Imprint:   RAND
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   489g
ISBN:   9780753557877
ISBN 10:   0753557878
Series:   Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich 1945-1955
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   19 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Other merchandise
Publisher's Status:   Active

Harald J hner, is a cultural journalist and former editor of the Berlin Times. He is also an honorary professor of cultural journalism at the Berlin's University of Arts.

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

A popular work of non-fiction in the best sense. * Die Zeit * Clearly written, full of empathy for everyday life, which is far too seldom taken into consideration... You devour it like a novel. * Welt am Sonntag * [A] gripping 500-page X-ray-vision tale of an often overlooked and misperceived phase of German history reveals, like all great history books, as much about the first decade after the war as about today. * The German Times * Rarely has a non-fiction book so skilfully combined vividness, drama and eloquence. * From the Jury's reasoning for the Leipzig Prize Book Fair Prize 2019 *


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