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By Willy Peter Reese

A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of conflict, Russia 1941-44 is the haunting memoir of a tender German soldier at the Russian entrance in the course of international struggle II. Willy Peter Reese was once in basic terms two decades previous whilst he chanced on himself marching via Russia with orders to take no prisoners.

Three years later he used to be lifeless. Bearing witness to--and engaging in--the atrocities of battle, Reese recorded his reflections in his diary, forsaking an clever, touching, and illuminating viewpoint on existence at the jap entrance. He documented the carnage perpetrated through each side, the destruction which used to be exacerbated through the younger soldiers' starvation, frostbite, exhaustion, and their day-by-day fight to outlive. And he wrestled along with his personal sins, with the belief that what he and his fellow squaddies had performed to civilians and enemies alike was once unforgivable, together with his growing to be understanding of the Nazi regulations towards Jews, and together with his deep disillusionment with himself and his fellow men.

An foreign sensation, A Stranger to Myself is an unforgettable account of fellows at struggle.

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Vann Woodward, Thinking Back: The Perils of Writing History (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1986), 87. 16. Nancy J. Weiss, Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983), 21. 17. Recent Social Trends 1:584; Ulrich B. Phillips, ‘‘The Central Theme of Southern History,’’ American Historical Review 34 (1928):31. 20 freedom from fear from which many of them had fled to the metropolis. They clucked appreciatively when Lewis unmasked the tawdry hypocrisy of rural America’s fundamentalist faiths in Elmer Gantry (1927).

On January 30, 1933, he got it. Five weeks later, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as president of the United States. Time takes strange turnings. As former lance corporal Hitler and former assistant secretary Roosevelt now stepped to the center stage of history, another figure whom the Great War had summoned to that stage prepared to leave it: Herbert Hoover, the great humanitarian who had organized food relief for occupied Belgium in 1914 and fed much of the world in the tumultuous months that followed the armistice.

14 The Great War had drawn some half a million blacks out of the rural South and into the factories of the North. With the throttling of immigration in 1924, northern industry needed to find new sources of fresh labor. Southern blacks (as well as some half a million Mexicans, who were exempted from the new immigration quotas) seized the opportunity. By the end of the 1920s another million African-Americans had left the old slave states to take up employment in the Northeast and upper Midwest (only about a hundred thousand blacks dwelt west of the Rockies).

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