CIVIL LIFE IN WARTIME GERMANY: Story of the Home Front by Max Seydewits

CIVIL LIFE IN WARTIME GERMANY: Story of the Home Front

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Valuable social history and documentation, though not the human document that will come eventually....A German, now in Sweden, has coordinated and interpreted available material from many sources for an interesting study of Germany at war. He traces Hitler's rise to power, the cure of unemployment through rearmament, the steps to a war to which the people were indifferent. Then enthusiasm engendered by the Blitz victories dampened by the Russian miscalculation -- and long months which produced deterioration of soldier morals. The winter of 1942, the first crisis in home production, decline of food and supplies, strengthened activity of the Underground -- and Goebbel's efforts to subdue the crisis. The second crisis came in 1943, with failure to meet higher production demanded by total mobilization. Air bombardments -- and the certainty of impending doom; opposition within the youth movement; the officers' revolt in July, 1944 -- and the possibility for that ""other Germany"", those openly antagonistic, those passively discontented. The conclusion (which many of us do not share) that Germany must have equal rights after the war with other nations, and be free from foreign influence to establish her own democratic way of life.

Publisher: Viking