A monumental work of history that captures the last days of the Third Reich as never before.
Swansong 1945 chronicles the end of Nazi Germany through more than 1,000 extracts from letters, diaries, and autobiographical accounts, written by civilians and soldiers alike. Together, they present a panoramic view of four tumultuous days that fateful spring: Hitler’s birthday on April 20, American and Soviet troops meeting at the Elbe on April 25, Hitler’s suicide on April 30, and the German surrender on May 8. An extraordinary account of suffering and survival, Swansong 1945 brings to vivid life the end of World War II in Europe.
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About the Author
Shaun Whiteside’s translations from the German include classics by Freud, Musil, and Nietzsche.
Table of Contents
Foreword Alan Bance ix
Preface Walter Kempowski xv
Editorial Note Walter Kempowski xvii
Note on the English Translation xix
List of Abbreviations xxi
Friday, 20 April 1945 1
Wednesday, 25 April 1945 99
Monday, 30 April 1945 209
Tuesday, 8 May 1945/Wednesday, 9 May 1945 300
1 Published and broadcast sources 433
2 Archives and institutions 453