Review of the best book I’ve read yet on the aftermath of WWII in Europe

Struthof Concentration Camp February 2010

Endgame 1945: The Missing Final Chapter of WWII     by David Stafford

Endgame 1945 is an historical narrative told from the perspective of eyewitnesses, about the final three months after VE Day in Europe.  It covers in detail events leading to the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, the liberation of concentration camps and the challenges faced by allied occupying forces contending with the mass human trauma of war devastated Europe. It describes the Herculean task faced by relief agencies dealing with displaced persons and the traumas experienced by German women and children in Allied occupied Germany.
This book is a tour de force. Stafford is a brilliant writer and historian and his subject, these specific three months, has been mostly neglected by historians. This is a riveting, compelling read that is difficult to put down and stays with you long after you finish reading it. The extent of the trauma in Europe was mind boggling. The task of restoring order, sisyphean. The heroism of the allies incredible and the suffering of so many hard to contemplate.
Highly recommend.

3 thoughts on “Review of the best book I’ve read yet on the aftermath of WWII in Europe

  1. I love going into other’s archives – you never know what you’ll find. And look at what I did! Do you happen to remember if it had anything about the Pacific aftermath?

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  2. It was quite comprehensive but focused on the three months post VE day, one of the best books I’ve read. I am a WWII buff and have read extensively on the subject and visited many historical sites. That said, I am nothing of the scholar of the subject as you. More an interested dilletante! Still, it is one of many reasons I find your blog fascinating!

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