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As New in As New jacket. Hardcover in dust jacket. First printing of first edition from Burd Street Press. Book and unclipped dust jacket are in fine, As New, gift-giving condition, crisp and clean, with tight binding and sharp corners. 8vo. Historic photos, maps and diagrams throughout depict a very personal view of World War II. 155 pp. including index. In protective Mylar.
I have studied countless books and newspaper and magazine articles about the Second World War,and have watched many documentaries,and,since most of the German soldiers were NOT Nazi party members,and many were draftees, could it be that they were no more personally barbaric than the Americans? According to the author of this book,the answer is a resounding YES. The world is familiar with the horror stories of the invasion of Russia and the inhuman treatment of the Russian Jews by special units, but Professor Fritsch points out that those special units were all part of the SS,who WERE all Nazis,more or less fanatical. He says that only about 10% of the regular German Army WERE Nazis,and so most of them were soldiers in the army,fighting soldiers of the opposing army. Fritsch fought in 6 different places,but was frostbitten in Russia on the leg,from riding a motorcycle in bitter cold weather,was sent home to recover,and so missed getting sent to the battle of Stalingrad. He tells a very painful story of the suffering of the soldiers,the homesickness,the starving and freezing in the Russian winter. He tells horror stories of how the Russian peasants were living under the Communist yoke,how terrible and backward their houses were, how cold inside in the winter. One is left with the feeling that Hitler's insane war caused pain and death and suffering,not just to non-Germans, but to his own troops. 96% or more of the Germans captured as POWs in Russia never returned home alive,and some 600 THOUSAND died,just in the battle of Stalingrad alone. What a needless,senseless tragedy. The book leaves you with the understanding that,yes,most of the German army WAS like any other army,with decent,strong young men who were only there fighting because they were drafted into it,and the loss of several million German men and boys in that war WAS a tragedy,NOT a deserved fate. The book was written with the help of Wibur Jones,since Professor Fritsch emigrated to the US and his English wasn't as good as it needed to be. The story he tells,though,is a very important one,vital to understanding the true nature of the war. Fritsch also makes several very powerful comments throughout the book,on the nature of war, human nature,and other topics, I highly recommend it.
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