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The bitter road to freedom : a new history of the liberation of Europe

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The bitter road to freedom : a new history of the liberation of Europe
Call No: 940.5314 H67b

Call Number940.5314 H67b
Dates2008; ©2008
Statement of ResponsibilityWilliam I. Hitchcock.
Creators & ContributorsHitchcock, William I. (author)
Summary"Americans are justly proud of the role their country played in liberating Europe from Nazi tyranny, but Americans often overlook the wartime experiences of European people themselves—the very people for whom the war was fought. Here, historian William I. Hitchcock surveys the European continent from D-Day to the final battles of the war and the first few months of the peace, and shows that the liberation of Europe was both a military triumph and a human tragedy of epic proportions. This multinational history of liberation brings to light the interactions of soldiers and civilians, the experiences of noncombatants, and the trauma of displacement and loss amid unprecedented destruction. Today, with American soldiers once again waging wars of liberation in faraway lands, this book serves as a timely and sharp reminder of the terrible human toll exacted by even the most righteous of wars." —Publisher
ContentsPreface: A Cemetery in Luxembourg

Part I. Liberation in the West
  • Prologue: D-Day
  • "Too Wonderfully Beautiful": Liberation in Normandy
  • Blood on the Snow: The Elusive Liberation of Belgium
  • Hunger: The Netherlands and the Politics of Food
Part II. Into Germany
  • Prologue: Armies of Justice
  • Red Storm in the East: Survival and Revenge
  • A Strange, Enemy Country: America's Germany
Part III. Moving Bodies
  • Prologue: "They Have Suffered Unbearably"
  • Freedom from Want: UNRRA and the Relief Effort to Save Europe
  • "A Tidal Wave of Nomad Peoples": Europe's Displaced Persons
Part IV. To Live Again as a People
  • Prologue: "We Felt Ourselves Lost"
  • A Host of Corpses: Liberating Hitler's Camps
  • Americans and Jews in Occupied Germany
  • Belsen and the British
Conclusion: The Missing Liberation
Physical Description viii, 446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Free Press
EditionFirst Free Press hardcover edition
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 415–429) and index
  • American Historical Association George Louis Beer Prize, 2009
RecognitionGifted in 2016 by Dan Sonnenschein in memory of his parents, Kurt & Bronia Sonnenschein