UNA GUERRA DE EXTERMINIO. Laurence Rees

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UNA GUERRA DE EXTERMINIO. by Laurence Rees
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Labeling the Second World War battles between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia on the Eastern Front as the War of the Century is asking for trouble. What about the First World War, not to mention the other theaters of the 1939-45 conflict? LaurenceMoreLabeling the Second World War battles between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia on the Eastern Front as the War of the Century is asking for trouble. What about the First World War, not to mention the other theaters of the 1939-45 conflict? Laurence Rees argues that the brutality of the fighting was unprecedented and that the outcome, with the annihilation of the German troops, was pivotal to the Allies eventual victory.

On both counts, he is absolutely right. The severe cold, hunger, shelling, and hand-to-hand street-fighting decimated both sides, and the casualties ran into the millions. And, yes, Germany never did recover neither physically nor mentally. The supposedly unbeatable one had been beaten. But does this make it a war of the century? To decontextualize the Eastern Front is to miss the bigger picture.

This was not just a war between two competing ideologies--Communism and Nazism. The Russians, whatever their politics, were Britains and Americas allies- they may have had a separate private agenda in the war--what country didnt?--but they were on the right side and part of an overall allied effort. Moreover, Reess position lets the Germans off the hook somewhat. It allows them to make the revisionist claim that they were fighting Communism--something that became a holy cause in the West in the postwar years.

They werent. They were Nazis fighting the Allies. End of story. Rees also goes on to make the somewhat bizarre claim that the German defeat unleashed the Holocaust against the Jews. This will come as a massive surprise to the millions of Jews who were persecuted in the 10 years prior to 1943. It is true that the death camps went into overdrive after the defeat in Russia, but this would almost certainly also have happened if the Germans had won. The result on the Eastern Front was immaterial. However, there is also much to recommend in War of the Century. The comparisons between Hitlers Nazi Germany and Stalins state capitalist U.S.S.R.

are well made. Repression and contempt for life existed on both sides. Rees has found much new material from the newly opened Soviet archives and has also turned up many eyewitnesses from both sides, and their accounts provide a compellingly readable narrative. For this alone, the book is worth reading. At times it feels as if Rees is being willfully controversial simply to be noticed. But he neednt have bothered, because there was a fascinating book there anyway. --John Crace, Amazon.co.uk



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