Here is the true, poetic, and passionately told story of the civilians caught between the Soviet and German armies in World War II. Though many histories convey the experiences of the soldiers who fought on the Russian Front, this focuses on the ordinary people, harried by bandits and local warlords; routinely robbed of food and fuel by the invaders; living under the constant threat of deportation to Germany; and fearing their own troops as much as the enemy.
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Giorgio Geddes trained as an engineer, and worked with Ferrari on the first prototypes for his cars. In the war he served as a liaison officer for the Germans on the Russian Front, and won a medal for bravery at Stalingrad. When Italy changed sides Geddes was sent to a concentration camp, from which he escaped to join the partisans fighting Italy's former allies. After the war he emigrated to Italy, where he worked for Time magazine, and the New York Times. He now runs his own engineering company in Florence.Review:
While countless histories of the military conflict have been written, very little has ever been told of the appalling suffering endured by the common people who were caught up in the midst of the war. In this book Giorgio Geddes tells the story of the horror experienced by the people who found themselves sandwiched between the two greatest armies the world has ever seen. It is a story of a people constantly harried by bandits and local war-lords, who were routinely robbed of food and fuel by the invading German Army, and who lived under the constant threat of being deported to Germany; people who had just as much to fear from their own troops as from the Germans. And yet buried within all the horror are moments of such beauty that no reader could fail to be moved. Passionately told, this is a stunning and poignant account of life on the Russian Front as never told before. --Larry Petersen
Barbarity visited upon the innocent is always a truism of total war. Nichivò sets the record straight in a near poetic form 5 STARS -- Scottish Legion News Aug./Sept. 2002 Nichivò, in years that claimed lives of over 30 million, makes for a passionate powerful and unforgettable memoire. -- UK National Magazine --Scottish Legion News
This book gives an account of the sufferings of ordinary Soviet civilians during the "Great Patriotic War". It is very different in tone to most books about the "Ostfront" which usually concentrate on the fighting and usually from the German point of view. Most people tend to read "Panzer Battles" or "Lost Victories" and thrill to their distorted images of how heroic outnumbered German troops almost overcame the Bolshevik hordes. This book tells how it was for the civilians conquered by the Germans. The author was an officer with the Italian army that fought alongside the Germans in Russia. He shows how the Germans alienated the local population with their cruelty and racist attitudes. He also shows how the Germans were still backing the policies of Hitler whilst they were winning. He describes movingly the terrible dilemmnas faced by the occupied citizens. Those who made accommodations with the Germans in order to survive often suffered terribly when the Soviets took control again. It also shows the enduring power of sexual attraction even between occupier and occupied. (The author goes through a string of blonde ex-medical students.) All those people who only know about this period of history through either distorted German or Soviet accounts should read this book. It nails the lie that the Germans would have won if it was not for Hitler. The Germans not only had enough allies (Finns, Rumanians, Italians, Hungarians)but also the combined industrial might of occupied Europe. In the end it was the racist attitudes and brutal actions of the vast majority of the German troops and officials that turned the population agianst them that made the war unwinnable. --David Kirk
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Book Description Cassell, London, U.K., 2001. Cloth. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 224pp. Mint Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 006250
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Book Description Cassell P L C, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, 2002. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 224 pages, b&w photos, glossary, bibliography. Out of print. Bookseller Inventory # 313716