A Stranger to Myself

A Stranger to Myself

The Inhumanity of War : Russia, 1941-1944

Book - 2005
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A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War, Russia 1941-44 is the haunting memoir of a young German soldier on the Russian front during World War II. Willy Peter Reese was only twenty years old when he found himself marching through Russia with orders to take no prisoners. Three years later he was dead. Bearing witness to--and participating in--the atrocities of war, Reese recorded his reflections in his diary, leaving behind an intelligent, touching, and illuminating perspective on life on the eastern front. He documented the carnage perpetrated by both sides, the destruction which was exacerbated by the young soldiers' hunger, frostbite, exhaustion, and their daily struggle to survive. And he wrestled with his own sins, with the realization that what he and his fellow soldiers had done to civilians and enemies alike was unforgivable, with his growing awareness of the Nazi policies toward Jews, and with his deep disillusionment with himself and his fellow men.

An international sensation, A Stranger to Myself is an unforgettable account of men at war.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374139780
0374139784
Characteristics: xxv, 176 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Schmitz, Stefan 1964-

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Jul 09, 2019

This is the first book I have read that is written by a Wehrmacht soldier about his experiences on the Eastern front. He could be any soldier in any war in which the conditions strip humanity from the human being. This young man died from unknown causes in an unknown place on that front. Fortunately he wrote whenever he could and his thoughts were recovered almost 60 years after the end of WWII. Regardless of the perspective, the horrors of war are universal. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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