August 15, 2009

PLUS THEY BGOT TO START FROM TECHNOLOGICAL SCRATCH...:

Reaping the Whirlwind: GERMANY 1945: From War to Peace By Richard Bessel (BRIAN LADD, NY Times Book Review)

Bessel’s account of the second half of 1945 is less gripping but more instructive. The profound insecurity felt by millions of Germans — reduced to camping out in ­ruined train stations, chasing black-­market food and using cigarettes as currency — led to a craving for order: not the Nazis’ kind, with its promises of glory and adventure, but something that would give them a home once again. This yearning, Bessel argues, coupled with “the iron tutelage of the Allies,” became “the unlikely base for a remarkable recovery.”

...unlike the Brits and French.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 15, 2009 6:08 AM
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