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An iron wind: Europe under Hitler

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"Unlike World War I, when the horrors of battle were largely confined to the front, World War II reached into the lives of ordinary people in an unprecedented way. Entire countries were occupied, millions were mobilized for the war effort, and in the end, the vast majority of the war's dead were non-combatant men, women, and children. Inhabitants of German-occupied Europe--the war's deadliest killing ground--experienced forced labor, deportation, mass executions, and genocide. As direct targets of and witnesses to violence, rather than far-off bystanders, civilians were forced to face the war head on. Drawing on a wealth of diaries, letters, fiction, and other first-person accounts, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche redefines our understanding of the civilian experience of war across the vast territory occupied and threatened by Nazi Germany. Amid accumulating horrors, ordinary people across Europe grappled with questions of faith and meaning, often reaching troubling conclusions. World War II exceeded the human capacity for understanding, and those men and women who lived through it suspected that language could not adequately register the horrors they saw and experienced. But it nevertheless prompted an outpouring of writing, as people labored to comprehend and piece thoughts into philosophy. Their broken words are all we have to reconstruct how contemporaries saw the war around them, how they failed to see its terrible violence in full, and how they attempted to translate the destruction into narratives. Carefully reading these testimonies as no historian has done before, Fritzsche's groundbreaking work sheds new light on the most violent conflict in human history, when war made words inadequate, and the inadequacy of words heightened the devastation of war"--
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subject_facetCivilians in war -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Europe -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Hitler, Adolf, -- 1889-1945 -- Influence
Personal narratives
Violence -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
War and society -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Europe
World War, 1939-1945 -- Occupied territories
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, European
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Europe
title_displayAn iron wind : Europe under Hitler
title_fullAn Iron Wind Europe Under Hitler
An iron wind : Europe under Hitler / Peter Fritzsche
An iron wind : Europe under Hitler [electronic resource] / Peter Fritzsche
title_shortAn iron wind
title_subEurope under Hitler
topic_facetCivilians in war
History
Hitler, Adolf
Influence
Military
Nonfiction
Occupied territories
Social aspects
Social conditions
Violence
War and society
World War, 1939-1945