by Margaret Bourke-White ‧ RELEASE DATE: N/A
An absorbing book to anyone interested- and concerned- with the problem of occupied Germany, today and tomorrow. On turning the last page one wishes that Margaret Bourke-White could have brought her material up to date, could have seen a Germany divided against itself, internally and through the occupying powers, could have visited the Nuremburg trials, could have spoken as authoritatively of today's Black Market, today's potentials of a revived Naziism, today's disintegration of the armies of occupation. But- accepting this limitation, the book as she has written it out of her own immediate concern with Germany at the moment of defeat and soon thereafter, and the photographs and captions as they reemphasize the text -- have implicit in it the whole of the subsequent and frightening developments. It is perhaps a less emotional, a more cerebral book than Purple Heart Valley; it is scrappy and episodic; but it carries a punch that too few books on the subject have carried. Once again the warning is there-don't forget too noon the grisly horrors for which all levels of German society were responsible. It is a challenge- perhaps too late- to the democracies to give Germany a positive program to replace Naziism, which she still feels is a dominating factor in the psychology of the German populace. It is a biting criticism of the Black Market that has engulfed all of Europe- and of our contribution to it. From concentration camps, not a few exceptions but the rule, near most of the industrial centers--to the interrelations with the occupying forces, she gives, in words and photographs, an unforgettable picture. It should be read. Will it?
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1946
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