The Bitter Taste of Victory: Life, Love, and Art in the Ruins of the Reich

The Bitter Taste of Victory: Life, Love, and Art in the Ruins of the Reich


When Germany surrendered in might 1945 it used to be a kingdom decreased to rubble. instantly, the United States, Britain, Soviet Russia, and France set approximately rebuilding of their zones of profession. such a lot pressing have been actual needs--food, water, and sanitation--but from the beginning the Allies have been additionally apprehensive to indoctrinate the German humans within the principles of peace and civilization.

Denazification and reeducation will be key to destiny peace, and the humanities have been the most important publications to replacement, much less militaristic methods of existence. In a rare extension of international relations, over the following 4 years, many writers, artists, actors, and filmmakers have been dispatched through Britain and the United States to assist rebuild the rustic their governments had spent years bombing. Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Marlene Dietrich, George Orwell, Lee Miller, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Billy Wilder, and others undertook the problem of reconfiguring German society. in spite of everything, lots of them turned disenchanted by means of the distinction among the destruction they have been witnessing and the cool politics of reconstruction.

While they could have had much less impression on Germany than Germany had on them, the stories of those celebrated figures, by no means prior to advised, provide a wholly clean view of post-war Europe. The sour flavor of Victory is a superb and critical addition to the literature of worldwide conflict II.

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