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The bitter taste of victory : life, love, and art in the ruins of the Reich

Author: Lara Feigel
Publisher: New York ; London : Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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Explores what daily life was like in post-war Germany, with insights about the larger shifts in German culture, art, and society.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lara Feigel
ISBN: 9781632865519 1632865513 9781408845325 1408845326 9781408845332 1408845334
OCLC Number: 918283738
Notes: "First published in Great Britain 2016"--Title page verso.
Description: xi, 443 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The battle for Germany, 1944-45 : "Setting out for a country that didn't really exist": crossing the Siegfried Line, November-December 1944 ; "Nazi Germany is doomed": advance into Germany, January-April 1945 ; "We were blind and unbelieving and slow": Victory, April-May 1945 --
Ruin and reconstruction, May-December 1945 : "Complete chaos guaranteed": occupation, May-August 1945 ; "Berlin is boiling in sweltering summer heat": Berlin, July-October 1945 ; "A pain that hurts too much": German winter, September-December 1945 --
Judgement and hunger, 1945-46 : "You'll hang them anyhow": Nuremberg, November 1945-March 1946 ; "Let Germany live!": fighting the peace, March-May 1946 ; "Let this trial never finish": boredom, May-August 1946 ; "The law tries to keep up with life": judgement, September-October 1946 --
Tension and revival, 1946-48 : "Their suffering, and often their bravery, make one love them": Cold War, October 1946-October 1947 ; "I've been the Devil's General on earth too long": artistic enlightenment, November 1947-January 1948 ; "In Hell too there are these luxuriant gardens": Germany in California, January-June 1948 --
Divided Germany, 1948-49 : "If this is a war who is our enemy?": The Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949 ; "Perhaps our deaths will shock you into attention": division, May-October 1949 --
Coda: "Closing time in the gardens of the West."
Responsibility: Lara Feigel.
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Explores what daily life was like in post-war Germany, with insights about the larger shifts in German culture, art, and society.

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