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Chaos, ruin & renewal: Germany in 1945
Harald Jähner charts the decisive decade after the Second World War, during which Germany underwent monumental change as it began to rebuild itself following the chaos of the conflict
At the bitter, drawn-out conclusion of the Second World War in 1945, Germany stood in ruins – both literally and psychologically. Cities had been reduced to rubble, millions were dead or displaced and there was a governmental power vacuum. Speaking with Ellie Cawthorne, Cundill History Prize-nominated author Harald Jähner reveals how the country began to rebuild itself following the chaos of war.
Harald Jähner is the author of Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich (Ebury, 2022)