Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front (Anglais) Broché – 30 octobre 2005
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When I set out to get an unbiased view of the German soldier during WWII (because not all German soldiers were jew killing murderers), a friend reccomended this book to me. I also bought "Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer.
In my opinion it's written very well, and you really end up feeling for their plight. You get a feeling for the utter disarray and unorganization of the German army past the Stalingrad time frame.
If your leaning one way or the other to buy this book, I feel you'll enjoy reading it!
I also found the records of Koschorrek's growing disillusionment with Hitler and his Nazi party very enlightening. As a frontline soldier, Koschorrek doesn't claim to have been an expert on the political situation in Germany. Many times he announces that he was fighting for the German people, rather than the Third Reich. And towards the end of his extremely long time on the Eastern Front, Koschorrek claims only to be fighting for his fellow soldiers. It must have been a terrible struggle to continue on in a failing attempt to capture Stalingrad, and then endure a savage retreat all the way to the gates of Berlin. To see one's homeland utterly destroyed would be terrible in itself, but then to realize this destruction was caused by the ideas of a madman would almost be too terrible to bear. Koschorrek's book serves as yet another good reminder of the lunacy and horror that is war.
The one disappointment I found in Koschorrek's book was the writing. Although I understand that he was probably attempting to vanquish some long standing demons, the use of a co-author would have made the book more readable. His complete use of first person narration, at times, becomes trying. I see that he was attempting to retain the vision of frontline life as it happened, but this reader would have rather seen him use some other literary methods in order to bring more cohesion to the story. Still, Blood Red Snow is a good book.
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