Using a tradition in German culture called the "Stammtisch"-a group of fictional characters resembling the lower and higher middle classes-Dr Warg writes an enjoyable and not-so-conventional memoir filled with well-known and lesser-known facts about Germany's history and culture during the turbulent years of the 1930's to the 1950's. As the "Stammtisch" and the actual relatives and friends of a young eyewitness discuss politics and economics, the reader learns first-hand how people coped with those chaotic times by holding on to their customs. Through their eyes, we see how Germany's culture survived despite the 12 years of Nazi regime, the war with its bombardments, evacuation, separation of families, occupation by armed forces, the Cold War, and dodging bullets when attempting to cross the Russian border that split Germany into East and West.
Dr. Ilse-Rose Warg
black & white illustrations
black & white illustrations
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have to rate this Five Stars or my Mom will kill me. Seriously, though, it's difficult to call this a history book, as that term implies monotony.
Wonderful, insightful book that makes the reader feel they are there. Loved it!
Anyone interested in this time period in Germany will love this book, especially if you're tired of the standard, shallow U.S. media narratives surrounding WWII. Aside from being extraordinarily informative about the period in a way that no other English-language text (to my knowledge, anyway) is, it's also an extremely smooth, engaging read and is presented in a unique storytelling fashion rather than a dry, technical one. Worth its weight in gold.
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