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- DescriptionThe turning point of World War II came at Stalingrad. Hitler's soldiers stormed the city in September 1942 in a bid to complete the conquest of Europe. Yet Stalingrad never fell. After months of bitter fighting, 100,000 surviving Germans, huddled in the ruined city, surrendered to Soviet troops.During the battle and shortly after its conclusion, scores of Red Army commanders and soldiers, party officials and workers spoke with a team of historians who visited from Moscow to record their conversations. The tapestry of their voices provides ground-breaking insights into the thoughts and feelings of Soviet citizens during wartime.Legendary sniper Vasily Zaytsev recounted the horrors he witnessed at Stalingrad: You see young girls, children hanging from trees in the park.[...] That has a tremendous impact. Nurse Vera Gurova attended hundreds of wounded soldiers in a makeshift hospital every day, but she couldn't forget one young amputee who begged her to avenge his suffering. Every soldier and officer in Stalingrad was itching to kill as many Germans as possible, said Major Nikolai Aksyov.These testimonials were so harrowing and candid that the Kremlin forbade their publication, and they were forgotten by modern history,until w. Revealed here in English for the first time, they humanize the Soviet defenders and allow Jochen Hellbeck, in Stalingrad , to present a definitive new portrait of the most fateful battle of World War II.
- Author BiographyJochen Hellbeck is a professor of history at Rutgers University and a specialist in twentieth-century Russia. His previous book, Revolution on My Mind, explored personal diaries written in the Soviet Union under Stalin. The German edition of Stalingrad won a DAMALS prize for best historical study of the year. Hellbeck runs a website, facingstalingrad.com, that features portraits and interviews taken with German and Russian veterans of the battle of Stalingrad. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
- PublisherThe Perseus Books Group
- Date of Publication28/04/2015
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content NoteB/W photos throughout; maps
- Weight802 g
- Width219 mm
- Height348 mm
- Spine48 mm
- Edited byJochen Hellbeck
- Translated byChristopher Tauchen
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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