The internationally bestselling history of German life in the fallout of the Third Reich' Absolutely extraordinary. Every page stops you dead with insight and revelation' James Hawes' A fascinating account of a forgotten moment in Europe' s history, of utter desperation leading to tentative hope' Simon JenkinsGermany, 1945- A country in ruins. Cities have been reduced to rubble and more than half of the population are where they do not belong or do not want to be. How can a functioning society ever emerge from this chaos? In bombed-out Berlin, Ruth Andreas-Friedrich, journalist and member of the Nazi resistance, warms herself by a makeshift stove and records in her diary how a frenzy of expectation and industriousness grips the city. The Americans send Hans Habe, a Hungarian Jewish journalist and US army soldier, to the frontline of psychological warfare - tasked with establishing a newspaper empire capable of remoulding the minds of the Germans. The philosopher Hannah Arendt returns to the country she fled to find a population gripped by a manic loquaciousness, but faces a deafening wall of silence at the mention of the Holocaust. Aftermath is nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. 1945 to 1955 was a raw, wild decade poised between two eras that proved decisive for Germany' s future - and one starkly different to how most of us imagine it today. Featuring black and white photographs and posters from post-war Germany - some beautiful, some revelatory, some shocking - Aftermath evokes an immersive portrait of a society corrupted, demoralised and freed - all at the same time.
Magisterial, fascinating, humane - a brilliant book of the greatest importance and achievement * Philippe Sands, bestselling author of East West Street and The Ratline * Absolutely extraordinary. Every page stops you dead with insight and revelation. * James Hawes, bestselling author of The Shortest History of Germany * A fascinating account of a forgotten moment in Europe' s history, of utter desperation leading to tentative hope. * Simon Jenkins, bestselling author of A Short History of England * A fiercely compelling book that brings vivid illumination to an era of twilight and brutal ruins. Harald Jahnerbeautifully explores the hinterland of human nature in all its shades * Sinclair McKay, bestselling author of Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness * For those who want to understand the Germans, Aftermath is essential reading. An engrossing study on all counts, Jahner' s analysis of people' s response to the Nazis' monstrous crimes and how perpetrators and victims merged into a new nation is especially compelling. Anyone with even the slightest interest in history and the human condition should read this book. * Julia Boyd, bestselling author of Travellers in the Third Reich *
Harald J hner, is a cultural journalist and former editor of the Berlin Times. He is also an honorary professor of cultural journalism at the Berlin' s University of Arts.