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Five days that shocked the world : eyewitness accounts from Europe at the end of
Nicholas Best
Adult Nonfiction D755.7 .B475 2012

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Summary: An intense account from the execution of Mussolini, to Hitler's suicide, to the fall of Berlin From April 28 to May 2, 1945, Fascism lost it death grip on the people as the Allies marched into Germany and Italy and the world learned just how grim things had gotten in Europe. Nicholas Best shows us the grim faces of war by skillfully synthesizing scores of first-hand accounts from notable figures, including: *Walter Cronkite, who parachuted with a Canadian troop into Holland class *photographer Lee Miller as she captured the evidence of Nazi atrocities *the future Pope Benedict, hoping not to get shot on his way home for deserting his infantry unit *an SS doctor's account of a grim sex orgy in Hitler's bunker class *Audrey Hepburn, for whom the Allied victory ended the risk of her being put to work in a Wehrmacht brothel. With this enlightening new perspective on the European theater, the author establishes himself as an expert on the final days of great wars.  


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