After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. Giles MacDonogh, Author. Basic $32 (p) ISBN After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. By Giles MacDonogh. New York: Basic Books, ISBN Maps. Photographs. In After the Reich,Giles MacDonogh has written a comprehensive history of Germany and Austria in the postwar period, drawing on a vast array of contemporary.

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MacDonogh has worked as a journalist, most notably for the Financial Times — tye, where he covered food, drink and a variety of other subjects. There is also one reference to ‘Magna Charta’. View Full Version of PW. It is probably the best work available in English on this shameful chapter of twentieth century history.

The Brutal History of the Allied O “War is killing,” said General Sherman, and there certainly can be no dispute about that–nor can there be much dispute that the history of those wars, at least most of it, is written by the victors.

There was a great deal of looting and rape.

After The Reich – The Brutal History Of The Allied Occupation

The macddonogh survivors of this ethnic cleansing were pitched across the border, never to return to their homes. The book ends with the unfolding of the two Germanies, and the start of the cold war, as yet another footnote to history showing that winning wars is not as easy as it seems. This book will not make you think you were glad about who won, it will make you know the horrors continued for a long time after.

After the Reich had its moments of great interest as it recounted the chaotic, brutal, and bloody aftermath of World War 2 in Germany. The book could have been reduced by rejch third with a bit more editing. Oh the old war? Echoes of today, although I suppose white European refugees are more cuddley thatthose from the Middle East.

My quibble with the author Macdonofh am not justifying the atrocities from the Allied forces is riech he spends a lot of time waving his finger at the events of the conquerors. I think everybody should read this book in college-level history classes, just to understand the quote that I opened the review with. Sep 15, Guido Colacci rated it it was amazing. Every country had blood-stained hands. Anytime one of the people yhe in the book refers to the “English” army, MacDonogh made sure to insert the notation [sic] macdinogh meaning, I’m sure, that it was the British army, since England is only one part of the nation of Great Britain.


By the end of the year, Germany was literally starving to death. Often we forget millions of victims because they fell on the losing side of history.

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All told, an astounding 2. Amazing – so many gkles I did not know about how the defeated Germans were treated by the allies. Giles MacDonogh born is a British writer, historian and translator.

Still I feel disgusted. Th decades and decades that have passed since, only proves the notion that world history is all too often written by those who won the upperhand in any conflict. It is a shocking and disturbing story of hypocrisy, cruelty and deliberate neglect by the Americans, British, French and Soviet Union.

For historical context, he relies on a small selection – relative to the size and scope of his study – of well known works that include Edward N. Less well known is the story of the many thousands of German prisoners who died in American and British captivity, most infamously in macdonohg holding camps along the Rhine river, with no shelter and very little food.

I am aware of what the Nazis did to Jews and others, but two wrongs don’t make a right. Certainly the refugee or ‘displaced persons’ problem macdojogh for long after the war ended. Even as I’m just starting this book it grips me rightaway.

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I would have given this book five stars, but there were a few afted that bothered me. The positives of this book end there with me.

Effectively there was what we now call mass ethnic cleansing on a vast scale with whole populations made to up root and walk hundreds of miles with little to eat and often quite unsuitable clothing. The book’s organization is loose, at times even disjointed, and the author’s prose sometimes descends into jargon. Dec 25, Ushan rated it liked it Shelves: Here we have a good account of the rape, prostitution and other hundred degradations the German people had to endure after the war.

And it’s more relevant than ever, for not only was the 20th century the most destructive one in history, we’re not making a very good start in the 21st century either, and we’re once again witnessing up close how wars are fought without any idea what to do in the case you “win,” making it very, very easy, to win the war and lose the “peace,” or at least whatever it is that comes after the fighting stops.

In the midst of this circle of charred buildings a new city gioes was going up during my schoolyears.


The shift in postwar policy was based on fear of Soviet Russian expansion, and prompted a calculated appeal to the German public to support the new anti-Soviet stance of the US and Britain. The Brutal History of the Allied OccupationBritish historian Giles MacDonogh details how the ruined and prostrate Reich including Austria was systematically raped and robbed, and how many Germans who survived macdobogh war were either killed in cold blood or deliberately left to die of disease, cold, malnutrition macdonofh starvation.

On several occasions the author refers to Kat Summersby, Eisenhower’s ‘mistress’. In After the Reich ,Giles MacDonogh has written a comprehensive history of Germany and Austria in the postwar period, drawing on a vast array of contemporary first-person accounts of the period. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

A scrupulously researched study of what happened, month by month, year by year in the various regions of occupied Germany and Austria. With the authorization of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, over four million Germans were impressed mscdonogh forced labor. It is simply History is not just written by the winners, it is also written about the winners. Too many German phrases go untranslated and the text is aftee with too many abreviations. McDonogh’s re For those who hae come to this topic for the first time this book may macdonoggh impressive, scholarly and sincere.

What happens to those who are left behind in the ruins, abandoned by their national armies, left to the mercies of the conquerors?

After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation by Giles MacDonogh

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There are stories like this throughout this book, as individuals are swept up in the postwar maelstrom of revenge, destruction, ecological disaster, competitive diplomacy, and the reconstitution of national identity in the face of economic, political, and social obliteration. Hundreds of thousands of Germans and German-speakers died in the course of brutal deportations from E When the Third Reich collapsed inthe Allied powers converged on Germany and divided it into four zones of occupation.

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