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Title Reluctant accomplice : a Wehrmacht soldier's letters from the Eastern Front / edited by Konrad H. Jarausch ; with contributions by Klaus J. Arnold and Eve M. Duffy ; foreword by Richard Kohn.
Publication Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford, United Kingdom : Princeton University Press, 2011.
Description xviii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call # 940.5413 S
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-382) and index.
Contents In search of a father : dealing with the legacy of Nazi complicity -- pt. 1. The Polish campaign -- Letters from Poland, September 1939 to January 1940 -- pt. 2. Training recruits -- Letters from Poland and Germany, January 1940 to August 1941 -- pt. 3. War of annihilation in Russia -- Letters from Russia, August 1941 to January 1942.
Summary 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 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.
Kinrad H. Jarausch is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. --Book Jacket.
Subject Jarausch, Konrad, 1900-1942 -- Correspondence.
Soldiers -- Germany -- Correspondence.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, German.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Intellectuals -- Germany -- Correspondence.
Addl. Author Jarausch, Konrad Hugo.
Arnold, Klaus Jochen, 1968-
Duffy, Eve M.
ISBN 9780691140421 (hbk : alk. paper)
0691140421 (hbk : alk. paper)
9780691161976 (paperback) :
0691161976 (paperback) :

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