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Swansong 1945

A Collective Diary from Hitler's Last Birthday to VE Day

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Swansong 1945 brings together hundreds of letters, diary extracts and autobiographical accounts to chronicle four significant days in the last three weeks of WWII: 20 April, Hitler's last birthday; 25 April, when American and Soviet troops first met at the Elbe; 30 April, the day Hitler committed suicide; and 8 May, the day of the German surrender. Side by side in these pages, we encounter the voices of civilians fleeing on foot to the west, British and American POWs dreaming of home, concentration camp survivors, loyal soldiers from both sides of the conflict and national leaders including Churchill, Hitler and Mussolini. These first-hand accounts, which Walter Kempowski painstakingly collected, organised and shaped for publication over twenty years, provide the raw material of history unmediated by a historian's narrative. The voices of individuals speak for themselves, and through their many experiences, perspectives and situations, the condition of Europe during the final weeks of WWII is viscerally recreated.

Product code: 9781847086419

ISBN 9781847086419
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS32
No. Of Pages 384
Publisher Granta Books
A monumental work of history which brings to life four final days of World War II through letters, diaries, and eyewitness accounts.