Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier's Letters from the Eastern Front

Reluctant Accomplice A Wehrmacht Soldier s Letters from the Eastern Front Reluctant Accomplice is a volume of the wartime letters of Dr Konrad Jarausch a German high school teacher of religion and history who served in a reserve battalion of Hitler s army in Poland and Rus

  • Title: Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier's Letters from the Eastern Front
  • Author: Konrad H. Jarausch Richard H. Kohn
  • ISBN: 9780691140421
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Reluctant Accomplice is a volume of the wartime letters of Dr Konrad Jarausch, a German high school teacher of religion and history who served in a reserve battalion of Hitler s army in Poland and Russia, where he died of typhoid in 1942 He wrote most of these letters to his wife, Elisabeth His son, acclaimed German historian Konrad H Jarausch, brings them together herReluctant Accomplice is a volume of the wartime letters of Dr Konrad Jarausch, a German high school teacher of religion and history who served in a reserve battalion of Hitler s army in Poland and Russia, where he died of typhoid in 1942 He wrote most of these letters to his wife, Elisabeth His son, acclaimed German historian Konrad H Jarausch, brings them together here to tell the gripping story of a patriotic soldier of the Third Reich who, through witnessing its atrocities in the East, begins to doubt the war s moral legitimacy These letters grow increasingly critical, and their vivid descriptions of the mass deaths of Russian POWs are chilling They reveal the inner conflicts of ordinary Germans who became reluctant accomplices in Hitler s merciless war of annihilation, yet sometimes managed to discover a shared humanity with its suffering victims, a bond that could transcend race, nationalism, and the enmity of war.Reluctant Accomplice is also the powerful story of the son, who for decades refused to come to grips with these letters because he abhorred his father s nationalist politics Only now, late in his life, is he able to cope with their contents and he is by no means alone This book provides rare insight into the so called children of the war, an entire generation of postwar Germans who grew up resenting their past, but who today must finally face the painful legacy of their parents complicity in National Socialism.

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    • Andrew Davis says:

      A first hand relation of war experiences compiled from the letters of staff sergeant Konrad Jarausch, sent mainly to his wife from September 1939 till January 1942. Jarausch, born in 1900, was a high school teacher and an editor of a religious magazine. He was called in September 1939 and spent first winter of war in Poland working in POW camps, looking for any ethnic Germans and having them released home. He is very humane in his contacts with Poles, takes interest in their language and history [...]

    • Susan says:

      It's a deeply touching personal account (letters) of what life was like (for some, at least for one) as a soldier in WWII. So, there's no "analyzing" the content or form of this book. The reader is allowed a look into the intimate thoughts of this man as he relates his experiences away from home.I read it for the NCMA book club and this time there was no piece of art selected for the readers to connect it to.I'm still digesting what I read, but the letters were honest, matter-of-fact and open wh [...]

    • Jill says:

      I found this book to interesting. it was good to hear a soldiers side of being at war, regardless on which side they are on, they all go through the same thing.

    • Jason says:

      A view of World War II from the perspective of a German Soldier who worked as a guard for Soviet POWs as told through his letters to friends and family. (non-fiction)

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