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Reviews

  • Exemplary [and] important... This is the kind of book few writers possess the clarity of vision to write

    Max Hastings, Sunday Times
  • Magnificent... There are great lessons in the nature of humanity to be learnt here

    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
  • Magisterial, fascinating, humane - a brilliant book of the greatest importance and achievement

    Philippe Sands, bestselling author of East West Street and The Ratline
  • An extraordinary book of breathtaking scholarship. Jähner shines a light on a dark and almost forgotten period of German history to find it pulsating with life

    Jack Fairweather, bestselling author of The Volunteer
  • What does total defeat mean? Germany 1945-55. Ten years of poverty, ruins, fear, violence, black markets, manic hard work, inventive sex - and always, always, silence about the murdered millions of the Third Reich. A fascinating read.

    Neil MacGregor, author of Germany: Memories of a Nation
  • Absolutely extraordinary. Every page stops you dead with insight and revelation.

    James Hawes, bestselling author of The Shortest History of Germany
  • For those who want to understand the Germans, Aftermath is essential reading. An engrossing study on all counts, Jähner's analysis of people's response to the Nazis' monstrous crimes and how perpetrators and victims merged into a new nation is especially compelling. Anyone with even the slightest interest in history and the human condition should read this book.

    Julia Boyd, bestselling author of Travellers in the Third Reich
  • A fascinating account of a forgotten moment in Europe's history, of utter desperation leading to tentative hope.

    Simon Jenkins, bestselling author of A Short History of England
  • A fiercely compelling book that brings vivid illumination to an era of twilight and brutal ruins. Harald Jähner beautifully explores the hinterland of human nature in all its shades

    Sinclair McKay, bestselling author of Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness
  • Many consider the years before 1945 to be the most crucial in understanding Germany and the Germans. Wait until you have read this book.

    Norman Ohler, author of Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

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