Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier's Letters from the Eastern Front by Konrad H. Jarausch
Translated translator is a volume of letters of war from Dr. Conrad Jarausch, a German high school teacher of religion and history who served in the reserve battalion of Hitler's…
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Translated translator is a volume of letters of war from Dr. Conrad Jarausch, a German high school teacher of religion and history who served in the reserve battalion of Hitler's army in Poland and Russia, where he died of the typhoid in 1942.
Most of these letters were written to his wife Elizabeth. He is joined by his son, the famous German historian Conrad H.
Jarosh, to tell the story of the demilitarization of a Third Reich soldier who, by watching his atrocities in the East, begins to question the legitimacy of moral warfare. These messages are becoming increasingly critical, and their clear descriptions of the mass deaths of Russian prisoners of war are chilling.
Reveals the internal conflicts of ordinary Germans who became reluctant accomplices in Hitler's savage war of annihilation, yet sometimes managed to discover a common humanity with the victims of suffering, an association that could transcend race, nationalism, and the enmity of war. The isolated isolation is also a strong story about the son, who for decades refused to deal with these messages because he hated his father's national policy.
Now only, in his late life, he is able to deal with its contents - which is by no means alone. This book offers a rare look at the so-called war children, a generation of post-war Germans who have grown up resentful of their past, but today face a painful legacy of their fathers' complicity in national socialism..
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