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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The mass raping of German women by the Russian troops is aftet documented. Hardcoverpages. When the author says “brutal” conditions, he means it. As a far better alternative, I found Keith Lowe’s outstanding history, Savage Continent, about the same period, to be a much better book, truly an eye-opening read, which I would recommend far more than MacDonogh’s book.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. I would recommend this book if your knowledge of post war Europe ended with what was taught in high school but even the worst professor in a college or university would probably discuss these matters at one point or another.

I picked the book up again where the author deals with the Allies attitudes towards Austria. While it is very historically important and some of the accounts provided by Germans in this book are very eye opening when considering that this is our “Greatest Generation” and what they where able to do to a defeated people.

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It is however shy on insight and interpretation, though it reports some curious glances. My quibble with the author I am not justifying the atrocities from the Allied forces is that he spends a lot of time waving his finger at the events of the conquerors.

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I wanted to like this book by Giles MacDonogh gles than I actually did. You are here Home. This main premise – that the Allied armies were just as bad as the Nazis – was my main issue with the book. Never losing sight of his goal to expose the brutality of the Allied occupation, he tars all four Allies’ acts and policies equally and with the same brush.


I am at the beginning of the book, so maybe my emotions took hold. Illustrating the anarchy that existed in the aftermath of Nazi Germany’s surrender and subsequent political power-plays that took place among the Allies across the European continent at that time. MacDonogh has worked as a journalist, most notably for the Financial Times —where he covered food, drink and a variety of other subjects.

It got sidetracked in Austria for a while, and its endless focus on the brutal Allied actions in occupied Germany in the immediate aftermath of war was a far lengthier account than it needed to be. May 23, Jerome rated it really liked it. MacDonogh’s important book is an antidote to the simplistic but enduring propaganda portrait of World Macdnogh II as a clash between Good and Evil, and debunks the widely accepted image of benevolent Allied treatment of defeated Germany.

It discusses Germany in the last days of Hitler till the division into west and east. All told, an astounding 2. Still I feel disgusted.

After The Reich – The Brutal History Of The Allied Occupation

The author several times refers to the theft of artwork owned by Hitler, Riech, and the German state in general – gile, as I learned in The Rape of Europamuch of this artwork was “bought” from French, Dutch and Austrian dealers after the pieces were stolen from art museums or private collections throughout Europe.

In many cases, those who managed to survive this experience returned to their homes to find that everything they had owned had been given away to others. Their stories run like a red line through the chapters. It isn’t the definitive book on the subject though but it adds to the history hiles WW2 and exposes parts of the past that tend to be forgotten or excused by Allies as necessary retribution.

A very thoroughly researched book, with a wealth of information in it that most people do not have. Bahula Bajpai quite curious where you are getting these numbers from!


After the Reich Review

Likewise the supposed ” winning” of the cold war by America as the Soviet Union disintegrated is evident as yet another delusion, just as much as the end of world war two brought no peace, just a shift in the lay of the land.

With the authorization of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, over four million Germans were impressed into forced labor.

I also found the book hard going during this section as people come and go and I am not sure that we are alwatys told who they are before they first appear. Oct 16, Rick rated it really liked it. For the first time I read something more specific about the Allied occupation and as the author describe it-their victorious “thirst for revenge”, to punish aftdr defeated enemy. Published July 3rd by Basic Books first published April 19th The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation.

Dec 15, Daniel Loudermilk rated it liked it. To prove just how brutal the Allied occupation was, gilex author draws heavily on the experiences of a group of about a dozen individuals to represent the travails of the masses.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Trivia About After the Reich: I am completely overwhelmed by the described human tragedy in defeated Germany first years afrer WWII.

It tells the story of what happened to German speaking civilians in places like East Prussia and the Czech lands. The author sometimes lost me when I couldn’t figure out the antecedent for his pronouns once an English teacher With that said the information here is presented well and is easy to read. I felt that was unnecessary and detracted from t I would have given this book five stars, but there were a few issues that bothered me.