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Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955

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by Harald Jähner

‘Exemplary [and] important… This is the kind of book few writers possess the clarity of vision to write’ MAX HASTINGS, SUNDAY TIMES

Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955

Germany, 1945: a country in ruins. Cities have been reduced to rubble. More than half of the population are where they do not belong or do not want to be. How can a functioning society ever emerge from this chaos?

In bombed-out Berlin, Ruth Andreas-Friedrich, journalist and member of the Nazi resistance, warms herself by a makeshift stove and records in her diary how a frenzy of expectation and industriousness grips the city. The Americans send Hans Habe, an Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist and US army soldier, to the frontline of psychological warfare – tasked with establishing a newspaper empire capable of remoulding the minds of the Germans. The philosopher Hannah Arendt returns to the country she fled to find a population gripped by a manic loquaciousness, but faces a deafening wall of silence at the mention of the Holocaust.

Aftermath is a nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. 1945 to 1955 was a wild decade poised between two eras. It proved decisive for Germany’s future – and one starkly different to how most of us imagine it today.

About the Author

Harald Jähner is a cultural journalist and former editor of the Berliner Zeitung. He was also an honorary professor of cultural journalism at the Berlin University of the Arts.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 3.5 × 19.7 cm

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