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Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize A superb and immensely important book Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945 but in reality it rumbled on for another ten yearsThe end of World War II in Europe is remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets but the reality was uite different Across Europe landscapes had been ravaged entire cities razed and than thirty million people had been killed in. A Tale Unfolds Keith Lowe s Savage Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II is an important book Yes yes I know you ve heard it all before the special pleading on behalf of some new publication or other but believe me it is Actually no don t believe me don t take my word for it read it and find out for yourself If you think that the Second World War in Europe ended abruptly in May 1945 if you think that VE Day brought peace then you are in for a surprise I was reminded of some words from the Book of Jeremiah They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people lightly saying Peace peace when there is no peace Considering the important weighting I m giving here it s a book that I almost did not read A few years ago I read Giles Macdonogh s After the Reich From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift I rather assumed that Savage Continent was essentially covering the same territory namely the post war trauma of Germany It does it touches on the savage expulsion of millions of Germans from the eastern territories handed over to the Poles at Potsdam and Yalta and from their former homes in the Czech Sudetenland But Lowe deals with so much not just a traumatised people but a traumatised Continent he deals with the traumas of places as far apart and as diverse as Estonia and Greece We are dealing here with political social economic and moral chaos we are dealing with the abyss the nadir of human civilization We are dealing with starvation lawlessness disruption homelessness rootlessness alienation murder and rape on an unprecedented scale in all of history We are dealing with racial wars and ethnic cleansing that did not end with the Nazis We are dealing with an ugliness of unbelievable intensity In some places the hatred and violence that emerged in the war and immediate post war period never really went away The former Yugoslavia is a case in point where ethnic and racial tensions engendered by the conflict were submerged for decades only to break out once with unrestrained ferocity in the 1990s a reminder of how difficult it is to escape from the past It s not all about statistics and numbers not all about mass suffering there are also some sobering personal anecdotes There is the story of an eighteen year old Polish Jew by the name of Roman Halter He had survived Auschwitz It s May 1945 the war is over the danger is past he is free emaciated but free He began a long walk east leaving from Dresden hoping to find others of his family who had survived the Holocaust On the way he met a Russian soldier whom he greeted as a comrade and a liberator The friendly gesture was not returned Instead the Russian ordered him to take his trousers down Having ascertained that he was a Jew he put his revolver to Halter s head and pulled the trigger The gun misfired The memory of this incident stayed with Halter for the rest of his life Anti Semitism had not died with Hitler The sad truth is as Lowe shows that hatred of the Jews actually increased after the war leading to murderous pogroms in Hungary and Poland It wasn t the industrial scale biology based mass murder of the Nazis but rather a return to atavist and medieval forms of Jew hatred It was this perhaps even than the Holocaust which led many Jews to conclude that they had no future in Europe There are other stories which in their own way are just as shocking because they are less expected There is the story of the Norwegian children some three thousand of whom were born to women who had relationships with German soldiers during the occupation Afterwards the assumption was that the women must have been mentally sub normal and the soldiers they attracted also mentally sub normal For years afterwards the children born to these people were subject to levels of ostracism and discrimination that had a severe impact on their life chances Compared with some of the other horror stories detailed in this book it amounts to little though it tends to undermine one s view of the seemingly limitless nature of Scandinavian tolerance There was so much in Lowe s account of Stunde Null wrongly given as Stunde nul Zero Hour as the German referred to the end of the war that I had no knowledge of at all I knew nothing of the vicious racial war between the Poles and the Ukrainians pursued both during and after the war with conseuences even so far as today I knew nothing about the struggles of the Forest Brotherhood the freedom fighters in the Baltic States who went on to resist the Soviet occupiers for years after the war people who were still being killed as late as 1978 The author s whole account us tremendously illuminating as the dust settled and the great post war divisions between the communist east and the free west began to take shape It s as well to remember that for many in the east the story of oppression and occupation did not end in 1945 rather one tyranny simply took the place of another Communism has gone now We have a Brave New Europe that has such free peoples in it Ah but that s just the thing Our Europe the Europe of the European Community is driven by fear of the past than hope for the future Recently we have had all sorts of dire warnings over what might happen if the euro collapses Hence we have a bureaucratic post democratic New Order It is the architects of this New Order in their distrust of the people who are paradoxically recreating forms of popular discontent that led to disaster in the first place So yes this is an important book important if you want to understand the European present as well as the European past It is cogent well written and well argued account if over reliant at points on anecdotal evidence The only thing that irritates me is the author s tendency to drop into the first person singular It is as if he is a tour guide taking us on a journey a techniue which for me is wholly out of place in a sober historical narrative But if it is a journey we have come far If you want to know how far come and see come and read I could a tale unfold whose lightest wordWould harrow up thy soul freeze thy young bloodMake thy two eyes like stars start from their spheresThy knotted and combined locks to partAnd each particular hair to stand on endLike uills upon the fretful porpentineBut this eternal blazon must not beTo ears of flesh and blood Furiously Happy of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize A superb and immensely important book Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post The Second World War might have Ready Player Two officially ended in May 1945 but in reality it rumbled سمفونی مردگان on for another ten yearsThe end Water The Stuff of Life of World War II in Europe is remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets but the reality was uite different Across Europe landscapes had been ravaged entire cities razed and than thirty million people had been killed in. 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In some of the monstrous acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen tens of millions were expelled from their ancestral homelands Savage Continent is the story of post–war Europe from the close of the war right to the establishment of an uneasy stability at the end of the 1940s Based principally on primary sources from a dozen countries Savage Continent is the chronicle of a world gone mad the standard history of post–World War II Europe for years to come. This is a stunning portrait of the continent wide upheaval that followed World War II The cover itself is vastly different from the American post war images of cheering crowds and ticker tape parades The average European soldier prisoner of war or concentration camp survivor did not go home to a GI Bill a booming economy or even a welcome Going home probably meant a new internment in a former death camp where supplies were short Since most transportation was destroyed travel was by foot with little food shelter or protection from bandits or partisans along the way Most likely the home was destroyed and the community with itKeith Howe brings a lot together He presents statistics along with the human tragedies that define them He arranges the work by problems loss of infrastructure need for revenge famine legal breakdown the freuency and brutality of rape ethnic hatred famine and moral destruction and by countryHe shows World War II was many wars within one and how the surrender of the big powers did not settle all the issues Crowds in the heat of liberation meted out punishment for the perpetrators of the war than the official system In some counties the perpetrators were useful to the victors and flourished In some countries the war heroes received punishment for their newly out of fashion views than collaborators or fascistsWomen may have been the most heavily scapegoated for crimes of passion or prostitution Many had their hair shorn for collaboration and were marched naked while collaborators who sent others to their deaths skated free If they had a child with a German father the child faced discrimination or even expulsion In the post war chaos many were raped many at very young ages many multiple times a dayPutting an end to Hitler did not put an end to the racism and nationalism Lowe presents staggering statistics showing how countries closed ranks against outsiders as country after country expelled Germans Jews or any other group it wanted rid of The citizens took possession of land and goods before the expelled could actually pack The last chapters focus on how Russia took advantage of the chaos to implant its brand of communism in the eastern areas its army occupied at the war s end Each nation was different but had the brutal dictatorial result was the sameThis is a stunning work Lowe has produced not only a readable work but a reference work as wellHighly recommended

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The war The institutions that we now take for granted such as police media transport and local and national government were either entirely absent or compromised Crime rates soared economies collapsed and whole populations hovered on the brink of starvation In Savage Continent Keith Lowe describes a continent where individual Germans and collaborators were rounded up and summarily executed where concentration camps were reopened and violent anti Semitism was reborn. Savage Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe is an excellent book and a ground breaking study of the years that followed the Second World WarI have read a lot of books about the war and the concentrations camps and the violence and atrocities that took place in Europe at this timeI had never actually read a book about the aftermath of the war although I had often wondered about this period in history The World War left Europe in chaos Landscapes had been ravaged entire cities razed and that 35 million people killed Across most of the continent the institutions that we now take for granted such as the police and the media transport national government were either absent or hopelessly compromised Crime rates soared economies collapsed and the European population hovered on the brink of starvation This book is divided into 4 sections dealing with The Legacy of War Vengeance Ethnic Cleansing and Civil WarMost of us have the impression that the end of the War meant the end of the killing and suffering But the truth is the killing and suffering went on and on What followed the end of the war was as bad as much of what happened during it and continued for almost 10 years And those responsible were not heartless Nazis in many cases they were the good guys the victorious AlliesIn the immediate aftermath the cruelty even savagery of what was perpetrated not only on surviving German soldiers but on civilians and on collaborators in various countries which had been occupied was shocking I was really shocked at how women in particular suffered dreadfully in the aftermath of the warThis is certainly a thougrouglhly researched book and Keith Lowe really paints the facts very Cleary and documents his sources at the end of the book Lowe does not take sides in this painful story but tries to get the facts and the information to the reader in every chapter and I really think he succeded in his taskThis is not the easiest of reads but it is certainly an education and I learned so much that I found myself jotting notes down as I read this book


About the Author: Keith Lowe

Keith Lowe is the author of two novels and the critically acclaimed history Inferno The Fiery Devastation of Hamburg 1943 He is widely recognized as an authority on the Second World War and has often spoken on TV and radio both in Britain and the United States Most recently he was an historical consultant and one of the main speakers in the PBS documentary The Bombing of Germany which was al



10 thoughts on “Savage Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

  1. says:

    A Tale Unfolds Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II is an important book Yes yes I know; you’ve heard it all before the special pleading on behalf of some new publication or other but believe me it is Actually no don’t believe me; don’t take my word for it; read it and find out for yourself If you think that the Second World War in Europe ended abruptly in May 1945; if you think

  2. says:

    This is the third in my series of great books on World War Two First Max Hastings in All Hell Let Loose gives the

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    The war was overhooray and let's celebrate Of course that was not the case at all but historians often give short shrift to the horrors of the years in Europe immediately following WWII The end of that conflagration only initiated the start of othersdisplaced persons prisoners war crimes nationalism giving way to violence continued ethnic cleansingthe rise of Communism etc Governments were gone as well as econ

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    A Polish partisan page 218 my book “The Ukrainians in turn took their revenge by destroying a village of 500 Poles and torturing and killing

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    Savage Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe is an excellent book and a ground breaking study of the years that followed the Second World WarI have read a lot of books about the war and the concentrations camps and the violence and atrocities that took place in Europe at this timeI ha

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    A Goodreads friend of mine recently asked why I've been reading and reviewing so many history books of late I told him I like history Then why don't you write history books? he asked rather than coming of age novels obsessed

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    This book is a revelation as other reviewers have pointed out for those of us whose view of history was that WWII led to the Cold War and events in between didn't matter much because we knew what happened in the end I at l

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    This is a stunning portrait of the continent wide upheaval that followed World War II The cover itself is vastly different from the

  9. says:

    144k words 4h Nonfiction European history by Keith Lowe Savage Continent is a fascinating book on the bloody aftermath of WWII as the destruction wound down the lingering conseuences of anarchy worked themselves out in the sudden peace and peo

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    I found this a very difficult book to read not because it was harrowing as some reviewers have described it for me there was nothing new here just lots of facts and information that filled out the bones a little I found this book difficult b

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