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The Russians and Berlin, 1945

The Russians and Berlin, 1945
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ISBN10: 
0434398608
ISBN13: 
9780434398607
Pages: 
384
Published: 
1968 by Heinemann (London)
Rating: 
3.0

From the dust jacket: "Erich Kuby, an outstanding German journalist, has written an objective & carefully detailed history--originally serialized in Der Spiegel--of the Russian capture & occupation of Berlin that describes what actually happened. The author's recreation of life in Berlin during the spring & summer of 1945 is more intimate & more realistic than anything published on the subject so far. Drawing upon a myriad of sources--memoirs, diaries, court records, letters & interviews with civilians & combatants, from top generals to privates, on both sides--Kuby shows that the battle was practically a walkover for the Russian army & nothing like the Armageddon the Soviets & Germans would have themselves & the world believe. The truth about the raping of Berlin women is here too, & the Soviet removal of German industrial plant, & the origins of cold war tensions, & the first two months of the Russian occupation. Here also is a detective-like investigation of Hitler's suicide & the disposition of his corpse."

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