In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier’s Memoir of the Eastern Front by Gottlob Herbert Bidermann
I have had this book on my shelf for quite some time now. I read it right away after I purchased it and thought it to be an insightful read. It has now been roughly two years since then and I decided to read it again. I couldn’t have been more pleased with that decision. 
Of all German WWII military memoirs I have read, this is one of the top two favorites. It is incredibly well written.  The intertwining of technical details of the war and the damn-near poetic descriptions of various battles, excursions and internal emotions of Bidermann and his men faced leaves you wanting to read more and investigate further their experiences on the Eastern Front. 
Bidermann takes you on his journey traveling east toward the Crimea, moving north to fight in the brutal Russian winters and surrendering with the men of Army Group Courland.  It is truly a haunting read as the reoccurring theme of death is taken to a whole new level and becomes darker with each page turned.

In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier’s Memoir of the Eastern Front by Gottlob Herbert Bidermann

I have had this book on my shelf for quite some time now. I read it right away after I purchased it and thought it to be an insightful read. It has now been roughly two years since then and I decided to read it again. I couldn’t have been more pleased with that decision.

Of all German WWII military memoirs I have read, this is one of the top two favorites. It is incredibly well written.  The intertwining of technical details of the war and the damn-near poetic descriptions of various battles, excursions and internal emotions of Bidermann and his men faced leaves you wanting to read more and investigate further their experiences on the Eastern Front.

Bidermann takes you on his journey traveling east toward the Crimea, moving north to fight in the brutal Russian winters and surrendering with the men of Army Group Courland.  It is truly a haunting read as the reoccurring theme of death is taken to a whole new level and becomes darker with each page turned.

reparations
reparations:

After looking through the page of the person who posted this, I’m not surprised really.. But this is a good fucking example of the kind of bullshit people have been fabricating for decades. On March 28, 1946, the provisional Czech government formally mandated that all German civilians were to be collectively presumed guilty and stripped of their citizenship and their property. This included the most barbarous persecution and oppression of minorities humanly imaginable: rape, deportations, expulsions, internments, confiscation of property and forced labor camps. This photo gets circulated a lot, but the addition of the labels to help paint the bullshit story is just ridiculous. This photo in actuality shows the result of the Potsdam conference which lead to forced expulsion of roughly 3 million Sudeten Germans who were torn from their homes like cattle bound for slaughter.Backed by Churchill, Stalin, and Truman… this humanitarian disaster, often referred to as the wild transfer, lead to the deaths of some 30,000 innocent people from forced marches, starvation, concentration camps, summary executions / massacres and thousands of suicides. But who cares, they were probably all just evil nazis anyways… Get fucking real. Try finding that in your high school text books.

Reblogging for what Reparations stated.

reparations:

After looking through the page of the person who posted this, I’m not surprised really.. But this is a good fucking example of the kind of bullshit people have been fabricating for decades.

On March 28, 1946, the provisional Czech government formally mandated that all German civilians were to be collectively presumed guilty and stripped of their citizenship and their property. This included the most barbarous persecution and oppression of minorities humanly imaginable: rape, deportations, expulsions, internments, confiscation of property and forced labor camps.

This photo gets circulated a lot, but the addition of the labels to help paint the bullshit story is just ridiculous. This photo in actuality shows the result of the Potsdam conference which lead to forced expulsion of roughly 3 million Sudeten Germans who were torn from their homes like cattle bound for slaughter.

Backed by Churchill, Stalin, and Truman… this humanitarian disaster, often referred to as the wild transfer, lead to the deaths of some 30,000 innocent people from forced marches, starvation, concentration camps, summary executions / massacres and thousands of suicides. But who cares, they were probably all just evil nazis anyways… Get fucking real.

Try finding that in your high school text books.

Reblogging for what Reparations stated.

Anonymous asked:

I have heard that the photo you recently post of Goebbels was the moment that he found out his photographer was a Jew. Is this a myth or is it true?

That is not a myth. Here is an excerpt from LIFE’s page with the original photo:

"In the 1985 book, Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt: A Self-Portrait, the then-87-year-old photographer discussed how the Goebbels picture came about:

In 1933, I traveled to Lausanne and Geneva for the fifteenth session of the League of Nations.  There, sitting in the hotel garden, was Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda.  He smiles, but not at me.  He was looking at someone to my left… . Suddenly he spotted me and I snapped him.  His expression changed.  Here are the eyes of hate. Was I an enemy?  Behind him is his private secretary, Walter Naumann, with the goatee, and Hitler’s interpreter, Dr. Paul Schmidt… . I have been asked how I felt photographing these men.  Naturally, not so good, but when I have a camera in my hand I know no fear.”

Read more:
http://life.time.com/history/goebbels-in-geneva-1933-behind-a-classic-alfred-eisenstaedt-photo/#1