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Swansong 1945 : a collective diary from Hitler's last birthday to VE Day

Author: Walter Kempowski; Shaun Whiteside
Publisher: London : Granta, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Swansong 1945 chronicles 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Kempowski; Shaun Whiteside
ISBN: 9781847086419 1847086411
OCLC Number: 910165612
Notes: This translation originally published: 2014.
Translated from the German.
Description: 1 volume
Other Titles: Echolot.
Responsibility: Walter Kempowski ; translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside.

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Swansong 1945 chronicles 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. A monumental account of survival, suffering, hope and despair, Swansong 1945 brings vividly to life a conflict whose repercussions are felt today.

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